Queen's Hospital

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Queen's Hospital
Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust
Queens hospital london.jpg
Geography
Location Romford, London Borough of Havering, England, United Kingdom
Organisation
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type District General
Affiliated university

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

London South Bank University
Services
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 939
History
Founded December 2006
(replaced Harold Wood and Oldchurch)
Links
Website http://www.bhrhospitals.nhs.uk/
Lists Hospitals in England

Queen's Hospital is a hospital in Romford, in East London, England. It was built on the site of the former Oldchurch Park, a short distance south of the town centre. Construction began in June 2003 and was completed in October 2006.

Queen's is the flagship hospital of the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust and replaced both Harold Wood Hospital and Oldchurch Hospital when it opened in December 2006. It has a standard bed capacity of 939.

In July 2013 the Care Quality Commission issued a formal warning about the hospital, particularly for the accident and emergency department.[1]

In March 2017, after receiving a positive review from the care quality commission, the hospital was taken out of special measures and praised by the commission for its work in a number of areas. [2]

Design[edit]

The hospital comprises four large circular buildings and a one-level building. It has a distinctive shape compared to other local NHS hospitals, such as King George Hospital in Goodmayes. The building takes up 8.5 hectares of the 12.5 hectares of land it is situated in. The hospital contains a coffee shop, a food court, vending machines and a shop. It has 939 beds and the ability to provide a further 60 if required.

There are five floors in the building. The wards are:

Location and transport[edit]

The hospital is located on Rom Valley Way, RM7 0AG, near to the now demolished Romford Ice Arena and Romford town centre.

London Buses routes 5, 128, 175, 193, 365, 496, 498 and 499 serve the hospital.[3] The nearest railway station is Romford, with mainline services to London Liverpool Street and East Anglia, and the nearest London Underground station is Elm Park, served by the District line.

Transfer and opening[edit]

As a consequence of Queen's opening, the nearby Oldchurch Hospital closed on 10 December 2006 and Harold Wood Hospital closed on 13 December 2006. Patients, wards and departments were successfully moved to the new hospital between 6 and 10 December 2006.

What is not mentioned is the closing of Rush Green Hospital Romford and the Closing of St George's Hospital, Hornchurch. All four hospital grounds were sold to private development companies. Also not mentioned is the fact that Queens Hospital is privately owned under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme and not owned by the NHS.

Queen's was fully operational from 20 December 2006.

Patient entertainment[edit]

The hospital has an in-house hospital radio station operated by Bedrock.[4] The service is free of charge to the in-patients.

Bedrock previously served Oldchurch Hospital and Harold Wood Hospital until the new Queen's Hospital opened in 2006. Hospital Radio in Havering has been operating since 14 February 1964.[5] Since February 2014, Hospital Radio started Simulcasting the service online to reach more patients, staff and visitors of Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust.

The previous bedside television system is now not operational, due to the collapse of the service provider.

Sodexo also provide a mobile shop with newspapers and confectionery items to the wards daily.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Gray (10 July 2013). "A&E patients forced to wait more than 14 hours at struggling hospital". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Ralph Blackburn (7 March 2017). "Queen's hospital trust out of special measures". Romford Recorder. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Bus routes serving Queen's Hospital - Transport for London. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  4. ^ Bedrock - Charity Commission
  5. ^ Celebrating 50 years of Hospital Radio in Havering in 2014 - Bedrock Radio

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°34′09″N 0°10′44″E / 51.5691°N 0.1789°E / 51.5691; 0.1789