Queen's Medical Centre
|Queen's Medical Centre|
|Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust|
The QMC seen from the north west.
|Location||Derby Road, Nottingham, NG7 2UH, England|
|Affiliated university||University of Nottingham|
|Emergency department||Yes, and Major Trauma Centre|
The Queen's Medical Centre (popularly known as QMC or Queen's Med) is a teaching hospital situated in Nottingham, England. Until February 2012, when it was surpassed by the Royal London Hospital, it was the largest hospital in the United Kingdom. It is managed by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
In 1964 Health Minister Anthony Barber announced in Parliament that Nottingham had been selected for a new teaching hospital and medical school, with 1,200 beds and an annual intake of 100 students. It was designed by the Building Design Partnership. Legal delays with the purchase of the 43-acre site meant that building work did not commence until May 1971. Lack of funding became a serious problem after 1979, and slowed the commissioning of some parts of the hospital. It was well into the 1980s before the project was completed.
The Queen's Medical Centre (QMC) was the first purpose-built teaching hospital in the UK. It was officially opened by the Queen on 28 July 1977, and admitted its first patient in 1978. On 1 April 2006, the Queen’s Medical Centre NHS Trust, that had previously run the hospital, merged with the Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust to form the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. In April 2012, QMC was designated as the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre.
The hospital has more than 1,300 beds and employs more than 6000 people. It has a busy accident and emergency unit, and is the primary destination of the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, for seriously injured patients. In 2016-17, there were 195,782 emergency attendances. Being part of the University of Nottingham, it can call on the choice of highly qualified doctors in their respective fields. It is the East Midlands' main hospital for acute cases. The QMC site also contains the University of Nottingham Medical and Nursing Schools, Mental Health Wards and the privately run Nottingham Treatment Centre.
The Nottingham Children's Hospital was founded in 1869 in Russell House. Nursing staff were drawn from the Sisters of St Lucy which led to it being given the unofficial name "St Lucy's". In 1899 it moved to larger premises at Forest House, donated by the lace manufacturer Thomas Birkin. In 1978, the occupants became the first in-patients of QMC when they were moved to the hospital's current location in East Block. The hospital cares for about 40,000 children up to 18 years old each year. It has 116 beds.
The hospital is situated at the junction of the dual-carriageway Nottingham Ring Road (A6514) and the east-west A52 and A6200. There is a Medilink bus service, which connects Queen's Drive (Park and Ride) with Queen's Medical Centre, Wilkinson Street (for park and ride) and Nottingham City Hospital. Grey Line 53 and Orange Line 34, 35 and 36 bus services stop near to QMC.
The Queen's Medical Centre tram stop, on line 1 of the Nottingham Express Transit, is situated between the South Block of the main hospital and the Treatment Centre. The tram connects QMC with Beeston, Nottingham Station, Nottingham City Centre, Basford, Bulwell and Hucknall. Passengers can change to Line 2 of the tram, which connects Phoenix Park (M1 Junction 26) with Clifton, at Nottingham station.
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