George Eliot Hospital
|George Eliot Hospital|
|George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust|
England, United Kingdom
|Care system||Public NHS|
|Emergency department||Yes Accident & Emergency|
|Lists||Hospitals in the United Kingdom|
George Eliot Hospital is a single site hospital located in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, it is managed by the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust. It provides a full range of emergency and elective medical services, including maternity services, to the local area.
The Hospital is one of many local buildings named after Nuneaton-born author George Eliot. Additionally, many of the Hospital’s surgical and medical wards are named after characters within George Eliot novels (e.g. Felix Holt, Lydgate, Caterina, Adam Bede, Dolly Winthrop). The Hospital also has a set of operating theatres on the first floor.
The George Eliot Hospital opened in 1948. The Manor Hospital, located in the centre of Nuneaton, retained the town’s Accident and Emergency Department, operating theatres and orthopaedic wards until they were moved to the George Eliot Hospital in 1993. The Manor Hospital closed on 20 July 1993 and has since turned into a doctor's surgery.
In 1982, the Hospital set up its own museum. Originally intended as a teaching aid, the museum evolved into one of the few NHS-owned museums in the country until cost-cutting measures forced it to close circa 2005. The George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust was formed in April 1994 from the previous George Eliot Hospital Acute Unit & Nuneaton Maternity Hospital. Queen Elizabeth II visited the Hospital in December that year as part of her first visit to Nuneaton and unveiled a bust of herself which can be seen in the main entrance. An educational centre known as ‘GETEC’ was completed and opened in late 2006.
An Acute health trust report released in 2006 suggested that George Eliot Hospital should be downgraded and some of its services moved to the new University Hospital Coventry in the Walsgrave area of Coventry which is nearby. The report generated local opposition and led to the formation of a local protest group ‘Nuneaton People’s Protest Group', which was successful in fighting off the ward closures. In May 2010, the Hospital announced that it was closing two wards, Lydgate and Romola, part of a new series of cost-cutting measures.
- The Nuneaton Society Chronicle 1990–1999[dead link]
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- Children's Ward Closure Plan Denied. Coventrytelegraph.net (4 June 2008). Retrieved on 10 July 2012.
- George Eliot Hospital to close two wards. Coventrytelegraph.net (10 May 2010). Retrieved on 10 July 2012.
- "George Eliot Trust working on Lorenzo implementation". Health Service Journal. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013.