Royal United Hospital
|Royal United Hospital|
|Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust|
Royal United Hospital
|Location||Bath, Somerset, England|
|Hospital type||Major Acute|
|Affiliated university||University of Bath and the University of the West of England|
|Lists||Hospitals in England|
The Royal United Hospital (RUH) is a major acute-care hospital, located in the Weston suburb of Bath, England, which lies approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of the Bath city centre. The hospital currently has 565 beds and occupies a 52 acres (21 ha) site. It is the area's major accident and emergency hospital, with a helicopter landing point on the adjacent Lansdown Cricket Club field. The hospital is operated by the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust.
The Royal United Hospital takes its name from the union of the Bath Casualty Hospital founded in 1788 and the Bath City Dispensary and Infirmary founded in 1792. The Casualty Hospital was founded in response to the serious injuries sustained to labourers working on the buildings which were being constructed in the city. The Dispensary and Infirmary developed from the Bath Pauper Scheme, a charity founded in 1747 to provide medical treatment for destitute persons in Bath.
The combined institution opened in a building designed by John Pinch the elder in Beau Street as the Bath United Hospital in 1826. It was awarded the title Royal by Queen Victoria in 1864 when a new wing, named the Albert Wing after the recently deceased Prince Consort, opened. This building was later occupied by Bath College.
Combe Park site
The hospital moved to its present site, Combe Park, on 11 December 1932. The site had previously been used for the large First World War Bath War Hospital which opened in 1916. In November 1919 it was renamed the Bath Ministry of Pensions Hospital, which it remained until it closed in 1929.
The site was also used by the Forbes Fraser Hospital and the Bath and Wessex Orthopaedic Hospital, both founded in 1924 and which merged into the RUH about 1980. The former manor house on the site, originally medieval but remodelled in the 18th century, became an administrative building. The building is a Grade II* listed building due to its fine Adam style interior.
In 2015 and 2016 some services were transferred from the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases to the RUH, including endoscopy and children's services, following that hospital's takeover by the RUH Trust. All remaining services are due to be transferred in 2018.
In 2008, plans were revealed for a £100 million redevelopment of the pre-Second World War RUH North buildings, which would include an increase in single-occupancy rooms in line with Government targets. In 2014 a five-year £110 million development plan was confirmed. The development will include a new cancer centre, pharmacy, integrated therapies unit, pathology block, IT centre and 400 extra public car parking spaces.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Royal United Hospital.|
- Official website
- Royal United Hospital, Bath, Dr Foster Hospital Guide
- A Potted History of the RUH, Royal United Hospital
- RUH 2009–2013 Strategic Direction, Royal United Hospital
- Charity Commission. Royal United Hospital Charitable Fund, registered charity no. 1058323.
- NHS Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group
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