Wishaw General Hospital

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Wishaw General Hospital
NHS Lanarkshire
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Wishaw General Hospital
Location Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type District General
Emergency department Yes:
Accident and Emergency
Beds 633
Founded 2001
Website Wishaw General Hospital
Lists Hospitals in Scotland

Wishaw General Hospital is a district general hospital in the Craigneuk area of Wishaw, North Lanarkshire.

The Hospital[edit]

Wishaw General Hospital opened on 29 May 2001. It is a 633-bedded hospital, with the second-largest maternity unit in Scotland, delivering 5500 babies each year.[1] The hospital has a paediatric neonatal unit, an MRI scanner, elderly care and psychiatric day hospitals, and an emergency care unit containing an integrated 24-hour accident and emergency unit with 36-bed ward.

The hospital is just 11 miles from Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, that lies to the north-west of Wishaw.

Design and construction[edit]

The hospital was designed by Percy Thomas Partnership as part of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project led by Summit Healthcare. Construction started on site in November 1998 and was completed in February 2001.[2]

NHS Lanarkshire[edit]

Main article: NHS Lanarkshire

NHS Lanarkshire is responsible for the health of more than 553,000 people living within the North and South Lanarkshire local authority areas.

The three district general hospitals in the area - Wishaw General, Monklands Hospital in Airdrie and Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride - each have an accident and emergency department and provide a range of specialist medical and surgical services. Maternity, gynaecology and paediatric services are based at Wishaw General Hospital.

NHS Lanarkshire employs more than 12,000 staff.[citation needed]


Hospital Maternity Unit

Wishaw General Hospital serves neighbouring towns of Motherwell, Newmains and Shotts, serving over 250,000 in NHS Lanarkshire. It is one of three acute hospitals in NHS Lanarkshire.

Centralised Services[edit]

As part of NHS Lanarkshire's Picture of Health consultation on the future of service provision within Lanarkshire, the centralisation of specialist services at the most appropriate site is an ongoing process.[3]


Following a makeover of bus services from First in 2008, more of the company's buses are now travelling past the main entrance of the hospital and the maternity unit. This was considered necessary since more and more patients were using the hospital facilities and that a survey showed an increase of patients in the hospital every year.

The General Hospital lies 1 kilometre from the town's railway station to the south-east and Sheildmuir station just over half a kilometre to the west.


  1. ^ "Wishaw General Hospital". NHS Lanarkshire. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  2. ^ Scotland's yards, Hospitality Design (on Findarticles.com), October 2001. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  3. ^ A Picture of Health

Coordinates: 55°46′25″N 3°56′31″W / 55.77361°N 3.94194°W / 55.77361; -3.94194