Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with A&E to the left
Location Gloucester, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°51′55″N 2°13′50″W / 51.86528°N 2.23056°W / 51.86528; -2.23056Coordinates: 51°51′55″N 2°13′50″W / 51.86528°N 2.23056°W / 51.86528; -2.23056
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type General
Emergency department Yes, 24-hour
Lists Hospitals in the United Kingdom

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust runs Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, an NHS district general hospital in Great Western Road, Gloucester, England. Gloucestershire Royal Hospital has more than 600 beds and 14 operating theatres. It serves western and southern Gloucestershire and parts of Herefordshire. It also runs Cheltenham General Hospital.


A hospital first appeared on the site during the 1914–1918 war and development accelerated in the 1960s.

In 1912 a 149-bed infirmary was started on Great Western Road. Patients were transferred to the new building in 1914. The British Red Cross Society took over the west block for nursing war wounded in 1914 and the east block in 1915. The buildings were completed after the war. In 1930 the infirmary was transferred to the corporation and became known as Gloucester City General Hospital.[1] On the introduction of the National Health Service it was amalgamated with the Gloucestershire Royal Infirmary, which stood in Southgate Street until its demolition in the 1980s to make way for a new building for the Bank of England.

The present organisation was formed in 2002 by a merger of Gloucestershire Royal and East Gloucestershire NHS Trusts.

In 2017 the trust established a subsidiary company, Gloucestershire Hospitals Subsidiary Company Ltd , to which 900 estates and facilities staff were transferred. The intention was to to achieve VAT benefits, as well as pay bill savings, by recruiting new staff on less expensive non-NHS contracts. VAT benefits arise because NHS trusts can only claim VAT back on a small subset of goods and services they buy. The Value Added Tax Act 1994 provides a mechanism through which NHS trusts can qualify for refunds on contracted out services.[2]

Present day[edit]

The majority of the wards are accommodated in a ten-storey tower which was started in 1970 and opened in August 1975. Each floor contains two 30-bed wards. A£50 million extension opened in 2005.

It also has green floors throughout the new extension which references the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds.

On 29 December 2010 the Queen's first great-grandchild was born at the hospital, a baby girl weighing 8 lbs 8oz named Savannah Phillips.[3] On 17 January 2014, The Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall gave birth to a baby girl weighing 7 lbs 12oz (3.5 kg).[4][5]


The Trust was highlighted by NHS England as having 3 of the 148 reported never events in the period from April to September 2013.[6]

In 2009/10 private patients from the UK and from overseas paid the trust £4.4 million, but that had dropped to £3.2 million by 2013/14.[7]

A Care Quality Commission in March 2015 found insufficient consultants in emergency departments, that A&E waiting-time targets were constantly not being met and patients were having to queue in emergency department corridors for treatment.[8]
According to the Conservative website, local MP Richard Graham has spent a week's holiday every year since 2010 as a volunteer in the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.[9]

It was put into special measures in October 2016 after failings in financial governance.[10]

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  2. ^ "In full: Trusts with staff transfer plans". Health Service Journal. 14 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
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  4. ^ "Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall announce birth of their baby girl at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital". Gloucester Citizen. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall gives birth to daughter". BBC News. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "NHS reveals 'never event' figures". Sheffield Star. 13 December 2013. Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "NHS hospitals in Gloucestershire see income from private patients drop as recession bites". Gloucestershire Echo. 24 September 2014. Archived from the original on 4 October 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 'requires improvement'". BBC News. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Richard Graham". Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "More trusts put into financial special measures". Health Service Journal. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 

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