Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Coordinates: 52°27′06.08″N 1°56′35.06″W / 52.4516889°N 1.9430722°W / 52.4516889; -1.9430722
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
The new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, March 2011
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is located in West Midlands county
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
Location within West Midlands
LocationEdgbaston, Birmingham, England
Coordinates52°27′06.08″N 1°56′35.06″W / 52.4516889°N 1.9430722°W / 52.4516889; -1.9430722
Care systemNational Health Service
Affiliated universityUniversity of Birmingham
Emergency departmentYes - Major Trauma Centre
Opened16 June 2010; 13 years ago (2010-06-16)
ListsHospitals in England

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is a major, 1,215 bed, tertiary NHS and military hospital in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham, situated very close to the University of Birmingham. The hospital, which cost £545 million to construct, opened on 16 June 2010, replacing the previous Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Selly Oak Hospital. It is one of the largest single-site hospitals in the United Kingdom and is part of one of the largest teaching trusts in England.[1]

It is named after Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, who was queen consort and wife of King George VI from 1936 until his death in 1952.

The hospital provides a whole range of services including secondary services for its local population and regional and national services for the people of the West Midlands and beyond. The hospital has the largest solid organ transplantation programme in Europe. It has the largest renal transplant programme in the United Kingdom[2] and it is a national specialist centre for liver, heart and lung transplantation, as well as cancer studies. The hospital has the largest single-floor critical care unit in the world with 100 beds, and is the home of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine for military personnel injured in conflict zones.



A variety of charitable hospitals opened in Birmingham between 1817, when the Orthopaedic Hospital opened, and 1881, when the Skin Hospital served its first patients. One of these, Queens Hospital, established in 1840 by a young local surgeon William Sands Cox, was predominantly for clinical instruction for the medical students of Birmingham. In 1884 these institutions, including Cox's medical school, united as part of Mason College, which later became the University of Birmingham.[3]

The original Queen Elizabeth Hospital was an NHS hospital in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham situated very close to the University of Birmingham. The building ultimately cost £1,029,057, which was £129,406 less than the money raised by donations.[4]

The new hospital[edit]

The new hospital to the left, and the old hospital to the right

The new hospital was built adjacent to the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital site. It was built to replace the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Selly Oak Hospital, although it incorporated some of the newer parts of the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital. It was named the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, rather than the originally planned name of Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital, as the Ministry of Justice ruled that no word can precede a Royal Title.[5][6]

The new hospital was part of a £1 billion urban regeneration plan for Bournbrook and Selly Oak which included the construction of a £350 million retail development and the construction of the Selly Oak bypass. Proposals for the new hospital were unveiled in 1998[7] and the outline design, which was unveiled in January 2004,[8] was approved by Birmingham City Council in October 2004.[9] It was the first acute hospital to be built in Birmingham since 1937.[10]

New hospital whilst under construction

The new hospital was procured under a Private Finance Initiative contract with Consort Healthcare signed in early 2006.[11] The hospital was designed by BDP Architects and construction, which was undertaken by Balfour Beatty[11] at a cost of £545 million, began in June 2006. Five Liebherr 280 EC tower cranes were used during construction. Three of the cranes were among the tallest free-standing structures in the UK. One of the cranes was at its maximum free-standing height, 90.2 m (295.9 ft) under the hook and could lift 12 t at 27.9 m (91.5 ft) or 4.9 t at 60 m (197 ft). The other two cranes stood at 79.5 m (260.8 ft).[12]

The finished complex comprised three 63-metre-tall towers, each 9 stories tall.[13] A sky-bridge was erected between one of the towers and the retained estate allowing access to the departments of oncology, the pharmacy and the Wellcome Research Centre.[14] As well as providing patient care, provision was made for an education centre and retail outlets.[15]

Services from Selly Oak hospital moved in during the week beginning 16 June 2010, and services from the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital finished moving in November 2011. This allowed simplification of operation due to two hospitals being relocated to one single site, which has the same capacity as the two previous hospitals combined.[16]

The hospital is part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest teaching trusts in the country and a member of the Shelford Group collaboration of the ten largest teaching and research NHS hospital trusts in England.[17] It also hosts the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre.[18]


The hospital has 1,215 patient beds including capacity for 100 critical care beds – largest single-floor unit in the world.[19] It also has six MRI scanners, five CT scanners, four gamma camera/SPECT-CT systems, eight ultrasound rooms, five fluoroscopy rooms and five interventional radiology suites.[20]

The hospital is the new home of the 'Royal Centre for Defence Medicine', which cares for injured service men and women from conflict zones, as well as training Army, Navy and Air Force medical staff.[21]

Notable patients[edit]

Those reported to have been treated there include:

Notable incidents[edit]

A nurse at the hospital was suspended from the nursing register in 2013 when a panel at the Nursing and Midwifery Council proved more than 70 charges of incompetency.[25]

A surgeon used an argon beam machine to write his initials on the organs of the anaesthetised patients in 2013.[26]

In 2016 the death rate among patients receiving cardiac surgery was found to be above average for the country. Among other criticisms it was suggested a bullying culture had prevented staff voicing concerns.[27]


As of October 2021 the Care Quality Commission rated the Queen Elizabeth Hospital overall as "requires improvement".[28]


The hospital is served by the nearby University railway station on the Cross City Line.[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About us". Uhb.nhs.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  2. ^ "About us". Uhb.nhs.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Look: 30 nostalgic images take you back down the corridors of Birmingham's old hospitals". Birmingham Live. August 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Clocking Out" display boards at Open Day, QE Hospital 6 November 2010 (based on information provided to the Histories Project by Carl Chinn, the Your Lives project and others)
  5. ^ "Birmingham's new hospital named". University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. 25 March 2009. Archived from the original on 11 March 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Row over name of new Birmingham super hospital". Birmingham Mail. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  7. ^ 'Long, winding road to new city superhospital', Birmingham Post, 30 January 2006 (Accessed 6 October 2007)
  8. ^ Unveiled: Brum's new superhospital – icBirmingham, 22 January 2004 (Accessed 6 October 2007)
  9. ^ Bullring-sized hospital gets go ahead – icBirmingham, 22 October 2004 (Accessed 6 October 2007)
  10. ^ First patients at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  11. ^ a b 'PFI fears could scupper hospital', Birmingham Post, 30 January 2006 (Accessed 6 October 2007)
  12. ^ "Balfour Beatty buys Liebherrs". Cranes Today. 9 February 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2008.
  13. ^ Skyscrapernews: Birmingham Super Hospital Tower 1 2 3
  14. ^ Skyscrapernews: Annotated image
  15. ^ Skyscrapernews: Main entrance image
  16. ^ "New Hospital Benefits". Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  17. ^ "University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust". Shelford Group. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  18. ^ "Our Partners". NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre. 26 July 2019. Retrieved 21 December 2021.
  19. ^ "The future of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital". Uhb.nhs.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Imaging Department" (PDF). Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  21. ^ Military Care at new Birmingham Hospital
  22. ^ "Shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai leaves hospital". BBC News. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  23. ^ "Malala Yousafzai tipped for Nobel Peace Prize win after amazing recovery from being shot by Taliban". BBC News. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  24. ^ "Fundraiser Stephen Sutton dies at 19". BBC News. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  25. ^ "Birmingham nurse 'did not know where the appendix is'". BBC News. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  26. ^ "'Liver branding' surgeon Simon Bramhall fined £10,000". BBC News. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  27. ^ "Birmingham's QE Hospital: 'Bullying culture stopped speaking out'". BBC. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  28. ^ Overview and CQC Inspections
  29. ^ "University Station". Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands. Retrieved 6 July 2008.

External links[edit]