Altnagelvin Area Hospital

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Altnagelvin Area Hospital
Western Health and Social Care Trust
Altnagelvin Area Hospital SMC 2011.JPG
The tower block at Altnagelvin Area Hospital
Altnagelvin Area Hospital is located in Northern Ireland
Altnagelvin Area Hospital
Location in Northern Ireland
LocationDerry, Northern Ireland
Coordinates54°59′06″N 7°17′42″W / 54.985°N 7.295°W / 54.985; -7.295Coordinates: 54°59′06″N 7°17′42″W / 54.985°N 7.295°W / 54.985; -7.295
Care systemHealth and Social Care in Northern Ireland
Hospital typeDistrict General Hospital
Affiliated universityQueen's University Belfast
National University of Ireland, Galway
Ulster University
Emergency departmentYes

Altnagelvin Area Hospital (Irish: Ospidéal Cheantar Alt na nGealbhan) is the main hospital for the North West of Northern Ireland. It is located in Waterside, Derry. It provides services to the city of Derry as well as County Londonderry, but also some specialist and acute services for parts of neighbouring County Donegal, County Tyrone, County Antrim and County Fermanagh. It is managed by the Western Health and Social Care Trust.


South Wing

Altnagelvin Area Hospital was the first major hospital built in the United Kingdom after the Second World War and opened in 1960.[1]

In February 2003 the hospital was designated as one of the nine acute hospitals in the acute hospital network of Northern Ireland on which healthcare would be focused under the government health policy 'Developing Better Services'.[2]

A new renal hemodialysis unit was completed in 2005[3] and a new laboratory and pharmacy centre, procured under a private finance initiative contract, opened in 2007.[4] A new south wing, designed by HLM Architects and built at a cost of £45 million, was completed in 2010.[5]

In January 2011, it was revealed that 18,500 xrays taken in 2009 and 2010 in Altnagelvin's Medical Imaging Department had not been examined by a radiologist. As a result, four patients suffering from cancer had their diagnosis delayed by several months.[6]

In March 2011 a political row developed when Health Minister Michael McGimpsey announced the postponement of plans to develop a regional radiotherapy unit at the hospital.[7]

University affiliations[edit]

The hospital is a teaching hospital, and has research and teaching links with Queen's University Belfast, the National University of Ireland, Galway and Ulster University.[8]


  1. ^ "Altnagelvin Hospital staff reunite on 50th anniversary". Derry Journal. 22 February 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  2. ^ Department of Health NI. "Developing Better Health Services (Topic: Health policy)". Department of Health NI. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Arson attack wrecks NI hospital renal unit". Irish Times. 30 March 2005. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Developers net millions from hospital 'lab' project". Londonderry Sentinel. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ "New Hospital Building in Derry". e-Architect. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Late X-ray hospital 'short-staffed'". Belfast Telegraph. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Will cancer unit go ahead? Dublin and McGuinness say yes, McGimpsey says no". Belfast Telegraph. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  8. ^ "General information guide for undergraduate medical student placement in Altnagelvin hospital" (PDF). Western Health and Social Care Trust. August 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012.

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