Royal Surrey County Hospital

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Royal Surrey County Hospital
Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust
Coordinates 51°14′26″N 0°36′34″W / 51.240542°N 0.60936°W / 51.240542; -0.60936Coordinates: 51°14′26″N 0°36′34″W / 51.240542°N 0.60936°W / 51.240542; -0.60936
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type District General
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 520
Lists Hospitals in England

The Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH) is a 520-bed District General Hospital, located on the fringe of Guildford, run by the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust serving a population of 320,000 for general services and 1,200,000 for cancer services. The Royal Surrey is also a specialist centre for diabetes, ENT and maxillo facial surgery.[1]

It is situated close to the University of Surrey allowing it to offer opportunities for research and pioneering treatments such as fibroid embolisation, brachytherapy and minimal access surgery.[1]

The Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford became one of the first NHS Trusts in 1991. It treats over 260,000 patients a year - 56,000 Accident and Emergency, 39,000 in-patients and day-patients and 167,000 outpatients. The Trust's annual income to run its services is £199 million.[2]

It employs 3,556 staff, of which 542 are doctors, and 1,088 are nurses and midwives. There are also therapists, scientific and technical and support staff (wholetime equivalent). The Trust has 20 wards comprising general and specialist surgery, obstetrics, paediatrics, oncology, orthopaedics, general and specialist medicine, intensive care and coronary care, with 527 beds in total. There are 12 dedicated surgical theatres, one obstetric and one minor operations theatre and state of the art outpatient, audiology and rehabilitation departments.[2]

From October 2006 to October 2007 a successful campaign was fought to save the hospital, along with St Luke's Cancer Centre, from closure. The campaign attracted the support of over 100,000 local people through petitions, protests, publicity and lobbying at a local and national level.

In May 2014 it was reported that the Trust was proposing to merge with Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Royal Surrey County Hospital Website-Homepage
  2. ^ a b Royal Surrey County Hospital Website-About Us
  3. ^ "Ashford and St Peter's chief executive to step down". Health Service Journal. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 

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