Queen's Medical Centre

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Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
QMC (Queens Medical Centre) - geograph.org.uk - 680969.jpg
The QMC seen from the north west.
Queen's Medical Centre is located in Nottinghamshire
Queen's Medical Centre
Shown in Nottinghamshire
LocationDerby Road, Nottingham, NG7 2UH, England
Coordinates52°56′36″N 1°11′08″W / 52.94333°N 1.18556°W / 52.94333; -1.18556Coordinates: 52°56′36″N 1°11′08″W / 52.94333°N 1.18556°W / 52.94333; -1.18556
Care systemNHS
FundingGovernment hospital
Affiliated universityUniversity of Nottingham
Emergency departmentYes, and Major Trauma Centre

The Queen's Medical Centre (popularly known as QMC, Queen's Med or Queen's) 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.[1][2][3] 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.[4] It was designed by the Building Design Partnership.[5] 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.[6]

The Queen's Medical Centre (QMC) was the first purpose-built teaching hospital in the UK.[7] It was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 July 1977,[8] 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.[9] In April 2012, QMC was designated as the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre.[10]


The hospital has more than 1,300 beds and employs more than 6000 people.[7] 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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13][14] The hospital cares for about 40,000 children up to 18 years old each year. It has 116 beds.[15] On 17 August 2020 Nottingham Children's Hospital (along with NUH Sexual Health Services) received the American Nursing Credentialing Centre (ANCC) Pathway To Excellence designation in recognition of nursing excellence. It was the first Children's Hospital in Europe to receive this designation.[16]


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. Trent Barton’s indigo, i4 and Red Arrow and Nottingham City Transport's Grey Line 53 and Orange Line 34, 35 and 36 bus services stop near to QMC.[17]

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.[18]

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  1. ^ E.ON, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, archived from the original on 2 January 2010, retrieved 6 December 2009
  2. ^ "Europe's largest hospital to open". 7 June 2011 – via bbc.co.uk.
  3. ^ Greater Nottingham Partnership, Nottingham, The Science City, Prospectus for action (PDF), archived from the original (PDF) on 16 July 2011, retrieved 6 December 2009
  4. ^ "Debate on General Practice - New Medical School for Nottingham" (pdf). Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  5. ^ Bittiner and Lowe, p. 46
  6. ^ "How the Queen's Medical Centre was created 40 years ago". Nottingham Post. 25 November 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Aerial photographs of Nottingham". Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  8. ^ Steenson, Kathryn (28 July 2017). "1977-2017: 40 years of the Queen's Medical Centre". Nottingham University. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Benefits from mergers: lessons from recent NHS transactions" (PDF). p. 4. Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  10. ^ "The Queen's Medical Centre celebrates its 40th birthday today". Nottingham Post. 29 July 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Gallery: Take a look back at 40 years of the Queen's Medical Centre". Nottingham Post. 28 July 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  12. ^ "NHS services cut in Nottingham after doctors quit rather than work for private firm". Independent. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Manuscripts and Special Collections - Nottingham Children's Hospital". Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Nottingham Children's Hospital - Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust".
  15. ^ "Our history - Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust".
  16. ^ "Nottingham nurses celebrate international award for excellence". Nursing Times. 17 August 2020.
  17. ^ "Queen's Medical Centre". Nottingham City Transport. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Queen's Medical Centre". The tram.net. Retrieved 8 September 2018.


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