Royal United Hospital

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Royal United Hospital
Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust
Royal United Hospital Bath.jpg
Royal United Hospital is located in Somerset
Royal United Hospital
Shown in Somerset
Geography
Location Bath, Somerset, England
Coordinates 51°23′30″N 2°23′28″W / 51.3917°N 2.3910°W / 51.3917; -2.3910Coordinates: 51°23′30″N 2°23′28″W / 51.3917°N 2.3910°W / 51.3917; -2.3910
Organisation
Care system NHS
Funding Public hospital
Hospital type Major Acute
Affiliated university University of Bath and the University of the West of England
Services
Emergency department Yes
Helipad Yes
Beds 565
History
Founded 1826
Links
Website www.ruh.nhs.uk
Lists Hospitals in England

The Royal United Hospital (RUH) is a major acute hospital, located in the Weston suburb of Bath, England, which lies approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) miles west of the Bath city centre. The hospital currently has 565 beds and occupies a 52 acres (21 ha) site.[1] It is the area's major accident and emergency hospital, with a helicopter landing point on the adjacent Lansdown Cricket Club field. The hospital is operated by the Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust.

History

The Royal United Hospital takes its name from the union of the Bath Casualty Hospital founded in 1788 and the Bath City Dispensary and Infirmary founded in 1792. The Casualty Hospital was founded in response to the serious injuries sustained to labourers working on the buildings which were being constructed in the city. The Dispensary and Infirmary developed from the Bath Pauper Scheme, a charity founded in 1747 to provide medical treatment for destitute persons in Bath.

The combined institution opened as the Bath United Hospital in 1826 in Beau Street in a building designed by John Pinch the elder. It was awarded the title Royal by Queen Victoria in 1864 when a new wing, named the Albert Wing after the recently deceased Prince Consort, opened. This building was later occupied by Bath Technical College.[2]

Combe Park site

The hospital moved to its present site, Combe Park, on 11 December 1932. The site had previously been used for the large First World War Bath War Hospital from 1916 to 1922. By 1920 it had been renamed the Bath Ministry of Pensions Hospital, which it remained until it closed in 1929.[3] The site was also used by the Forbes Fraser Hospital and the Bath and Wessex Orthopaedic Hospital, both founded in 1924 and merged into the RUH about 1980.[4][5][6]

In 1959 it absorbed the Ear Nose and Throat Hospital and in 1973 the Bath Eye Infirmary, both located elsewhere in Bath.[2][7]

A former manor house on the site, originally medieval but remodelled in the 18th century, is used as an administrative building. The building is a Grade II* listed building due to its fine Adam style interior.[8]

The Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership offers services at Hillview Lodge on the north of the site and at Bath NHS House to the south of the site.[9]

Maternity services

Maternity services at the hospital are operated under contract, and had not been run by the Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust since its foundation in 1992 until 1 June 2014, after the contract had been retendered for three years by the NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group. The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had run the service immediately prior to 2014.[10][11]

References

  1. ^ "Introducing the RUH". Royal United Hospital. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "A Potted History of the RUH". Royal United Hospital. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  3. ^ David Beswick Lloyd (2007). The Family Doctors in Newbridge 1900 - 2000. Ralph Allen Press. p. 150. ASIN B001CRC1UC. 
  4. ^ "THE FORBES FRASER HOSPITAL, BATH: Medical opening Ceremony". British Medical Journal 2 (3317): 150–1. 26 July 1924. doi:10.1136/bmj.2.3317.150. PMC 2304686. PMID 20771681. 
  5. ^ "Forbes Fraser Hospital, Bath". Hospital Records Database. The National Archives. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  6. ^ "Bath and Wessex Orthopaedic Hospital, Bath". Hospital Records Database. The National Archives. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  7. ^ "Bath Eye Infirmary". Hospital Records Database. The National Archives. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  8. ^ English Heritage. "Manor House, Weston Lane  (Grade II*) (1395661)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Hillview Lodge". Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Paul Wiltshire (21 January 2014). "RUH to run its own maternity services for first time in 22 years". Bath Chronicle. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Sirkka Huish (1 June 2014). "Maternity services are transferred back to the RUH". Bath Chronicle. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 

External links