Royal Surrey County Hospital

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Royal Surrey County Hospital
Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust
Location Guildford, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°14′26″N 0°36′34″W / 51.240542°N 0.60936°W / 51.240542; -0.60936Coordinates: 51°14′26″N 0°36′34″W / 51.240542°N 0.60936°W / 51.240542; -0.60936
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type District General
Affiliated university St George's, University of London
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 520
Lists Hospitals in England

The Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH) is a 520-bed District General Hospital, located on the fringe of Guildford, run by the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


It serves a population of 320,000 for general services and 1,200,000 for cancer services. The Royal Surrey is also a specialist centre for diabetes, ENT and maxillo facial surgery.[1] It is situated close to the University of Surrey allowing it to offer opportunities for research and pioneering treatments such as fibroid embolisation, brachytherapy and minimal access surgery.[1]

The Royal Surrey County Hospital was one of the first NHS Trusts in 1991. It treats over 260,000 patients a year - 56,000 Accident and Emergency, 39,000 in-patients and day-patients and 167,000 outpatients. The Trust's annual income is £199 million.[2]

It employed 3,556 staff in 2014, of which 542 were doctors, and 1,088 nurses and midwives. There are also therapists, scientific and technical and support staff. The Trust has 20 wards comprising general and specialist surgery, obstetrics, paediatrics, oncology, orthopaedics, general and specialist medicine, intensive care and coronary care, with 527 beds in total. There are 12 dedicated surgical theatres, one obstetric and one minor operations theatre and state of the art outpatient, audiology and rehabilitation departments.[2] The trust spent £16.8 million on agency staff in 2014/5.[3]

Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group organised a programme of in-reach GPs in 2015, where GPs were placed in wards of the hospital reviewing patients who had been admitted and advising on possibilities for discharge.[4]


From October 2006 to October 2007 a successful campaign was fought to save the hospital, along with St Luke's Cancer Centre, from closure. The campaign attracted the support of over 100,000 local people through petitions, protests, publicity and lobbying at a local and national level.

In May 2014 it was reported that the Trust was proposing to merge with Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.[5] The proposed merger was abandoned in November 2016. It forecasts a deficit of £7.9 million for 2016-17.[6]

It was named by the Health Service Journal as one of the top hundred NHS trusts to work for in 2015. At that time it had 3141 full time equivalent staff and a sickness absence rate of 3.08%. 72% of staff recommend it as a place for treatment and 65% recommended it as a place to work.[7]

The Royal Surrey County Hospital served as inspiration for the PC game Theme Hospital made by local Guildford developers Bullfrog.[8]

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  1. ^ a b Royal Surrey County Hospital Website-Homepage
  2. ^ a b Royal Surrey County Hospital Website-About Us
  3. ^ "Agency spending: the real picture". Health Service Journal. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Inglesfield, Jonathan (30 November 2015). "GPs can provide the perfect mix for hospitals". Health Service Journal. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Ashford and St Peter's chief executive to step down". Health Service Journal. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Foundation trusts call off merger". Health Service Journal. 8 November 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "HSJ reveals the best places to work in 2015". Health Service Journal. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  8. ^ CITATIONClose[3] "The Making of Theme Hospital". Retro Gamer. No. 130. Bournemouth: Imagine Publishing. June 2014. pp. 46–51. ISSN 1742-3155. (2014). "The Making of Theme Hospital". Retro Gamer. No. 130: 46–51. 

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