Edith Cavell Hospital

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This article is about the former Edith Cavell Hospital. For the present-day hospital, see Peterborough City Hospital.
Edith Cavell Hospital
Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust
Location Bretton Gate,, Peterborough, Cambs. PE3 9GZ, England
Care system National Health Service
Hospital type District General
Emergency department No A&E
Beds 153
Founded 1988
Website http://www.peterboroughandstamford.nhs.uk/
Lists Hospitals in England

The Edith Cavell Hospital in England, opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second on 20 May 1988, was situated on a greenfield site at Westwood in the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. The £20m hospital, built to complement services provided elsewhere in the city, was named after the Norfolk-born nurse and humanitarian, Edith Cavell, who received part of her education at Laurel Court in the Minster Precinct.[1] It provided ENT, Orthopaedic surgery and Urology services, with five operating theatres, radiology, a breast imaging unit and angiography suite. The hospital closed in November 2010, with services transferring to the adjacent state-of-the-art Peterborough City Hospital; its buildings are currently demolished.

The 153-bed hospital also contained three wards and a day activity centre for patients with mental health problems. These services were managed independently by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership Trust, based at Fulbourn Hospital in Cambridge. The Robert Horrell Macmillan Day Centre, which opened in 1991, was located on site and offered palliative care to patients living with cancer. Casualty and maternity were based at nearby Peterborough District Hospital in West Town.[2]

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the country's top performing NHS acute trusts.[3] In 2004 it became one of the first ten NHS foundation trusts in England. Established in 1993, Peterborough Hospitals NHS Trust comprised two hospitals, Peterborough District Hospital and Edith Cavell Hospital. In 2002 Stamford and Rutland Hospital in Lincolnshire joined the trust.

A £300 million health investment plan has seen the transfer of the city's two hospitals to a single site from 15 November 2010, by building a modern, flexible facility more suited to modern healthcare. The full planning application for the redevelopment of Edith Cavell Hospital was approved by the council in 2006[4] and the name Peterborough City Hospital chosen by public competition in 2008. Together with the adjacent mental health unit, known as the New Gloucester Unit, this now forms the Edith Cavell Healthcare Campus. An integrated City Care Centre, run by Peterborough Primary Care Trust, was built on the site of the former Fenland Wing at Peterborough District Hospital and opened on 1 July 2009.[5]

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  1. ^ Daunton, Claire Cavell, Edith Louisa (1865–1915) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press, 2004 (subscription required doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/32330, retrieved 30 April 2007)
  2. ^ Gray, Hannah The history of Peterborough hospitals Peterborough Evening Telegraph, 4 July 2008
  3. ^ The annual health check: assessing and rating the NHS (pp.22, 34 & 69) Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection, October 2006
  4. ^ Greater Peterborough Health Investment Plan Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Peterborough Primary Care Trust and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership Trust (retrieved 23 April 2007)
  5. ^ New healthcare buildings now have names Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 12 June 2008

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Coordinates: 52°35′18″N 0°16′42″W / 52.588304°N 0.278466°W / 52.588304; -0.278466