Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

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The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust serves a population of 258,000 & provides healthcare services to the communities of Harlow and the surrounding areas. It runs Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, England. It is a 501 bedded District General Hospital providing a comprehensive range of acute and specialist services to a local population of 258,000 people. It has been led since May 2017 by Alan Burns (Chairman) and Lance McCarthy (Chief Executive). It has a hospital radio station, Harlow Hospital Radio.

In addition to Princess Alexandra Hospital, the trust provides services from St. Margaret's Hospital and Herts & Essex Hospital, Bishops Stortford.


The Trust predicts a deficit of £16.6m in 2013-14.[1] It abandoned plans to become a Foundation Trust in April 2015 and plans to become an integrated care organisation, investigating both “horizontal” and “vertical” integration with other health bodies.[2]

The trust was one of 26 responsible for half of the national growth in patients waiting more than four hours in accident and emergency over the 2014/5 winter. There were 2% fewer attendances in 2014-15 than in 2013-14, but the number of patients breaching the four-hour target more than double to 12,000.[3]

In October 2015 the trust announced that it was closing 4 beds on each ward, and was unable to see, treat, admit or discharge even 90% of patients within the accident and emergency four-hour target. The Chair of the trust said it was ‘becoming unviable clinically". It expects a deficit of £28.6m in 2015/6.[4] In the last quarter of 2015 it had one of the worst performances of any hospital in England against the four hour waiting target.[5]


  • Emergency Department (A&E) : 24hr Emergency Care
  • Eye Casualty
  • Audiology (Hearing Tests for adults,children and babies)
  • Cancer Services
  • Library Services
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Specialist Services
  • Pharmacy Dispensing Service for hospital outpatients
  • Blood Testing
  • Fracture Clinic
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiology (X-Ray)
  • Elective Surgery


Name Type
Alexandra Day Unit Day Surgery & Endoscopy Procedures
Ambulatory Care
Cardiac Angiography Suite Diagnostic cardiac angiograms and permanent pacemaker for both inpatients and outpatients
Chamberlain Antenatal Ward Antenatal Ward. Caring for women during their pregnancies.
Coronary Care Unit/Fleming Ward High Dependency Care for acutely ill patients with heart conditions in CCU with a ward environment for the less acutely ill cardiac patients.
Dolphin Ward General Paediatric
Early Pregnancy Unit Early Pregnancy
Emergency Assessment Unit Mixed
Eye Unit Ophthalmology and ENT Out patients
Harold Ward Specialist Neck of Femur ward incorporating Medicine for the Elderly
Harvey Ward Gastro-enterology ward, and haematology.
Henry Moore Ward Full range of elderly care services including peri-operative, medical and some limited rehabilitation.
Critical Care Intensive Care Unit & High Dependency Unit
In Patient Theatres Operating Theatres
Kingsmoor Ward Elective Surgery
Lister Ward Care of the elderly ward
Locke Ward Medical specialising in Respiratory Care.
Neonatal Unit Neonatal Intensive Care
Penn Ward Mixed Surgical
Pre Assessment Unit Pre assessment (nurse led)
Ray Ward Medical/Care of the elderly
Same Day Admissions Waiting area prior to elective surgery
Samson Ward Postnatal Ward.
Saunders Ward General Medicine/Care of the Elderly Ward
Stort Ward Psychiatric
Unit B40 (previously known as Stroke Unit) General medicine/Frailty unit
Tye Green Ward Orthopaedic Elective
Winter Ward Endocrinology and general medicine

Former wards[edit]

Name Type
Arkwright Ward The former name for ITU
Avon Ward Psychiatric Ward now closed. Was part of the Derwent Centre.
Bevan Ward Was elderly inpatient ward. Now houses oral, maxillofacial surgery & orthodontics.
Cam Ward Psychiatric Ward now closed. Was part of the Derwent Centre.
Cavell Ward Harold Ward moved to this ward and renamed to Dolphin Ward.
Charnley Ward Closed Alexandra Day Unit taking over day cases and seasonal pressures being directed to winter ward.
Fraser Ward Former name for the High Dependency Unit (HDU)
Gibberd Ward Moved to main hospital building and became Stroke Unit (The part of Gibberd ward that was for care of the elderly was closed, care of the elderly is now part of Ray ward)
Hunt & Charnley Wards Now known as Henry Moore and Harold Ward. Previously known for a short time as the Orthopeadic Unit. Charnley is now on the 4th floor
John Snow/ Nicholas Ward Former Infection Control. Charnley ward now in its place.
Lea Ward Psychiatric Ward now closed. Was part of the Derwent Centre.
Nightingale Ward Now known as the Stroke Unit

Pharmacy department[edit]

The Princess Alexandra Hospital houses a pharmacy service for inpatients and oupatients of the hospital but also to external sites including, Herts & Essex Hospital in Bishops Stortford, St Margarets Hospital in Epping, Ongar War Memorial Hospital, Saffron Walden Community Hospital and Sydenham House in Harlow amongst other small clinics and surgeries.

The pharmacy comprises a Dispensary, Technical Services Unit and a Medicines Information Service for staff, inpatients, outpatients and the general public.

The Dispensary houses an automated dispensing system known as 'the robot', which has assisted in the efficient running of the department which has enabled the department to offer a ward-based pharmacy service.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "More than a third of trusts predict year-end deficit". Local Government Chronicle. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "District general hospital gives up standalone FT bid". Health Service Journal. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "26 trusts responsible for half of national A&E target breach". Health Service Journal. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Trust closes beds as chair warns it is 'becoming unviable clinically'". Health Service Journal. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Thirty worst A&E trusts called to London summit". Health Service Journal. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 

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Coordinates: 51°46′16″N 0°05′07″E / 51.7712°N 0.0853°E / 51.7712; 0.0853