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|RWTH Aachen University|
|Location||Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE|
|Affiliated university||RWTH Aachen University|
The Uniklinikum Aachen, full German name Universitätsklinikum Aachen ("University Hospital Aachen", abbreviated UKA), formerly known as Neues Klinikum ("New Clinic"), is the university hospital of the city of Aachen, Germany. It is part of the RWTH Aachen and contains its whole medical faculty.
Seen from far away, for many visitors the hospital looks like an oil refinery rather than a hospital, due to the huge striped ventilation pipes that are attached to the outer walls.
The Uniklinikum Aachen contains many specialized clinics, theoretical and clinical institutes and other research facilities, lecture halls, schools for jobs in the medical field, and all facilities necessary for a hospital like a laundry and central sterilisation.
It is the biggest single-building hospital in Europe.
In 1966 the RWTH Aachen school of medicine was founded. At that time, the municipal hospitals in Aachen became university hospitals, but soon it was realized that they were too small.
In 1972 the construction of the Klinikum Aachen began. Ten years later, the first rooms could be used by the faculty. The rest of the building was finished section by section. The construction was delayed because of problems with soft ground that could not support the whole building.
The official opening was celebrated in 1985. Its original name was Neues Klinikum ("New Clinic") because there was already a hospital called Klinikum in Aachen at that time; the Klinikum does not exist anymore.
Facts and figures
|annual inpatients||44,768 (2008)|
|annual outpatients||225,727 (2008)|
|elevators||30 (3x6 + 6x2 + 1 (working) for outpatients)|
|escalators||2 at the entrance|