Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich

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Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
Geography
Location Woolwich, London, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates Coordinates: 51°28′44″N 0°3′4″E / 51.47889°N 0.05111°E / 51.47889; 0.05111
Organisation
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type District General
Services
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 521
History
Founded 2001
Links
Website www.lewishamandgreenwich.nhs.uk
Lists Hospitals in England

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is located on Woolwich Common in London, England, was opened in March 2001 and serves patients from the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the London Borough of Bexley. The hospital was built to accommodate the services previously provided at Greenwich District Hospital, and is a Private Finance Initiative hospital. In April 2009, the hospital was part of a merger with Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust and Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust to form South London Healthcare NHS Trust.[1]

The hospital's name originates from the Queen Elizabeth Military Hospital, which occupied the site from 1977 until its closure in 1995, and was named after Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The military hospital was built on the site of the former Shrapnel Barracks and was a replacement for the Royal Herbert Hospital in Shooters Hill[2] and Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital (Millbank).[3]

In July 2012, Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health, announced that the South London Healthcare Trust, formed in 2009 was to go into special measures and become the first Trust to have an independent Administrator appointed. The Trust was subsequently disbanded by new Administrator Matthew Kershaw.

The Trust was reported as losing £1 million each week as a result of the Private Finance Initiative contract entered into for the building of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

On 1 October 2013 the hospital merged with Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust to form Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.[4]

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