Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich

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Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
Queen Elizabeth hospital sign 2014-03-08 13-58.jpg
Queen Elizabeth hospital sign
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich is located in Royal Borough of Greenwich
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich
Location within the Royal Borough of Greenwich
Location Woolwich, London, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°28′44″N 0°03′04″E / 51.4789°N 0.0511°E / 51.4789; 0.0511Coordinates: 51°28′44″N 0°03′04″E / 51.4789°N 0.0511°E / 51.4789; 0.0511
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type District General
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 521
Founded 2001
Website www.lewishamandgreenwich.nhs.uk
Lists Hospitals in England

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is located on Woolwich Common in London, England, was opened in March 2001 and serves patients from the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the London Borough of Bexley. The hospital was built to accommodate the services previously provided at Greenwich District Hospital and Brook General Hospital, and is a Private Finance Initiative hospital. In April 2009, the hospital was part of a merger with Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust and Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust to form South London Healthcare NHS Trust.[1]

The hospital's name originates from the Queen Elizabeth Military Hospital, which occupied the site from 1977 until its closure in 1995, and was named after Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The military hospital was built on the site of the former Shrapnel Barracks and was a replacement for the Royal Herbert Hospital in Shooters Hill[2] and Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital (Millbank).[3]

In July 2012, Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health, announced that the South London Healthcare Trust, formed in 2009 was to go into special measures and become the first Trust to have an independent Administrator appointed. The Trust was subsequently disbanded by new Administrator Matthew Kershaw.

The Trust was reported as losing £1 million each week as a result of the Private Finance Initiative contract entered into for the building of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

On 1 October 2013 the hospital merged with Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust to form Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.[4]

The South London Critical Care Network reviewed the hospital in February 2017 and found a complete lack of medical leadership. Care for patients across the trust could be affected because of issues with the critical care service. It was suggested that “younger fitter patients with single organ failure” would not be admitted to intensive care until they developed multiorgan failure because of pressures on bed availability. Only 3.5 full time equivalent consultants were in post with staff working locum shifts to fill gaps. “There was no ownership of the care of deteriorating patients in the wider hospital.” Ear nose and throat surgeons in Lewisham would not go to Woolwich so patients needing tracheostomy had to be sent to Lewisham for their operation.[5]

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