Great Western Hospital

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Great Western Hospital
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Location Swindon, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°32′56″N 1°45′18″W / 51.549°N 1.755°W / 51.549; -1.755Coordinates: 51°32′56″N 1°45′18″W / 51.549°N 1.755°W / 51.549; -1.755
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type District General
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 400
Founded 2002
Website Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lists Hospitals in England

the Great Western Hospital is a large hospital situated in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, next to junction 15 of the M4 motorway run by the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


The architect was Whicheloe Macfarlane,[1] who designed the hospital with a concrete frame design. Flat slab concrete floors 30 centimetres (12 in) deep are supported by a nominal 7.2 metres (24 ft) square grid of concrete columns. The outside of the building is covered in 7,600 square metres (82,000 sq ft) of cream coloured precast concrete cladding panels which each weigh 14 tonnes and span 7 by 4 metres (23 ft × 13 ft). They attempt to replicate the appearance of Wiltshire stone.[2] There are six floors comprising a total of 55,000 square metres (590,000 sq ft) of floor space.[3]

The hospital was one of the first to be built under the Private Finance Initiative at a cost of £148 m,[4] with Carillion as the lead contractor.[5]


The hospital opened in 2002 to replace the services previously provided at the Princess Margaret Hospital, which had served the town since 1959. It was formally opened by HRH Prince Philip on 28 February 2003.[6]


The facilities at the hospital include an accident and emergency department which sees approximately 77,000 patients per year, an Acute Assessment Unit, a twelve bedded intensive care / high dependency unit, an intermediate care centre on site, a health and social care education centre called the academy, and a wide range of wards and clinics, including 400 in-patient beds, serving approximately 300,000 people.

The hospital includes many inpatient medical wards, including Geriatric, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastrointestinal, Respiratory, Oncology/Hematology. As well as specialist facilities including an Acute Stroke Unit, Acute Cardiac Unit and an Intensive Care Unit.

The hospital also has a dedicated surgical wing, known as the Brunel Treatment Centre. Here it includes a Vascular & Urology, Orthopedic, and a ward dedicated to Gastrointestinal, ophthalmic and head and neck surgery. This wing also contains the private patients suite. The Hospital also has its own Trauma Unit based within the main hospital building.

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  1. ^ "The Great Western Hospital, Swindon". Royde & Tucker. Retrieved 2006-10-26. 
  2. ^ "The Great Western Hospital, Swindon". The Concrete Centre. Archived from the original on 2006-08-10. Retrieved 2006-10-26. 
  3. ^ "The Great Western Hospital, Swindon". ARUP facilities management. Retrieved 2006-10-26. 
  4. ^ "Then and now: A hospital's story". BBC News. 2005-07-29. Retrieved 2006-10-26. 
  5. ^ "Great Western Hospital, Swindon to axe up to 200 jobs". Labour Net. Retrieved 2006-10-26. 
  6. ^ "HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visits Swindon". Retrieved 2006-10-26. 

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