|South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust|
The main entrance on Lakin Road, Warwick.
England, United Kingdom
|Care system||Public NHS|
|Affiliated university||University of Warwick|
|Emergency department||Yes Accident & Emergency|
|Lists||Hospitals in the United Kingdom|
Warwick Hospital has 350 beds and provides inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic services. The trust also runs Stratford Hospital where there are outpatient clinics and a Minor Injury Unit. The Trust employs over 2,200 people and serves a population of about 270,000.
The modern history of the hospital is linked closely with that of the town's poorhouse, as was that of many European hospitals. The first hospital on the Union Road (now Lakin Road) site was built in 1848 next to the poorhouse. It was extended in 1857 and 1876 with a chapel and mortuary following in 1883. In 1903 a new hospital was built and in 1930 the poorhouse became part of the hospital too. Parts of the current hospital date from 1903. The most recent major redevelopments include a re-vamp of the accident and emergency department in 2001, a new outpatients department in 2005 and a birthing pool in 2007.
The hospital now has a dedicated cancer unit that caters for the local population. Chemotherapy is carried out in the Aylesford Unit on-site, enabling patients to have treatment closer to home rather than travelling to University Hospital in Coventry.
In October 2013 the trust was praised for spending more on food for in-patients - £14.04 per day than other trusts, and for lower rates of food wastage.
Circle Clinic Stratford
This private clinic attached to a GP practice in Stratford on Avon was established by Circle Clinics Limited in 2011 but in June 2014 it was announced that SWFT Clinical Services, a subsidiary of the Trust, was to take it over as Circle had stopped providing services at the clinic. SWFT Clinical Services was the first FT subsidiary company when it was set up in 2011, initially established so the trust could reclaim VAT charges on outpatient drugs, as Trusts can claim tax exemptions when entering into contracts with third parties to operate dispensaries.
- "How to get there". NHS: South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust. Retrieved 20 April 2008.
- "South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust". NHS Choices. Retrieved 20 April 2008.
- "Trust spends up to three times more on hospital food at Warwick". Leamington Observer. 31 October 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- "FT subsidiary takes over Circle clinic". Health Service Journal. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
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