Southern General Hospital

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Southern General Hospital
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
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Central Medical Block at the Southern General Hospital
Location Linthouse, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Care system NHS
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university

University of Glasgow

Glasgow Caledonian University
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 900
Speciality Neuroscience
Spinal cord injury
Founded 1872
Website Southern General Hospital
Lists Hospitals in Scotland
Other links List of hospitals in Scotland

The Southern General Hospital (SGH) was a large teaching hospital with an acute operational bed complement of approximately 900 beds. The Hospital was located in Linthouse in the south west of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom and provided a comprehensive range of acute and related clinical services. All facilities and services have been succeeded by the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, constructed on the site of the old hospital.


The hospital was originally built as the Govan Combination Poorhouse.[1] The hospital’s earliest buildings were located in old cavalry barracks at Eglinton Street. In 1872 a new 240 bed Poor Law hospital and 180 patient lunatic asylum were built at the present site at Merryflats in Govan. In 1902–1905 major extensions provided 700 more beds. In 1912 Govan was absorbed into Glasgow and from 1912 until the formation of the NHS in 1948, the hospital was run by Glasgow Parish Council and then from 1930 by Glasgow Corporation. The hospital was formally renamed the Southern General Hospital in 1923.

In June 2015 the Southern General Hospital was renamed as the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

Upgrading of the hospital’s facilities began during the 1950s and culminated in the opening of a new Maternity Unit in 1970 and the completion of the Institute of Neurological Sciences in 1972, where the Glasgow Coma Scale was devised by Graham Teasdale and Bryan J. Jennett in 1974.


General Hospital services were provided for the south-west of the city, with some services provided for the whole city and wider region. Services include Accident and Emergency, Dermatology, ENT, General Medicine (including sub-specialties), General Surgery (including sub-specialties), Medicine for the Elderly (including Assessment, Rehabilitation and Day Services), Gynaecology, Neonatal Paediatrics, Obstetrics, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Urology, Physically Disabled Rehabilitation and Continuing Care.

The Obstetrics, Urology, Ophthalmology and Dermatology Departments provided the single in-patient location for the whole population of South Glasgow. The Division managed the Dermatology Service for the whole city.

The Maxillofacial Department for the whole city was centralised at the hospital in the autumn of 2002, providing trauma and elective surgery and specialist provision for head and neck cancer.

South and West Glasgow’s in-patient Gynaecology service was centralised at the Southern General Hospital in late 2003, bringing together on one site a range of services from across the city. The Assessment and Rehabilitation service for the Physically Disabled is also provided for the whole city from the Southern General Hospital.

There was also a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services including Audiology, Clinical Psychology, Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, ECG, Physiotherapy, Radiology (including MRI and CT provision for the general hospital service), Speech Therapy and Clinical Neurophysiology (Including EEG, EMG and evoked potentials).[2]

The hospital also included the Queen Elizabeth Spinal Injuries Unit which provides a spinal injuries service to the whole of Scotland.

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital migration[edit]

The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital has now been completed on the site of the old Southern General Hospital and has taken over the majority of services from the previous hospital.

From 2016 it will be one of 4 major trauma centres where specialist services are based as part of a new national major trauma network in Scotland.[3]


  1. ^ "Glasgow". Historic Hospitals. 2015-04-26. Retrieved 2018-01-19. 
  2. ^ "Facility Details: Hospitals: Southern General Hospital". NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Scotland trauma centres network 'to boost emergency care'". BBC News. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 

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Coordinates: 55°51′45″N 4°20′26″W / 55.86250°N 4.34056°W / 55.86250; -4.34056