University Hospital Coventry

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University Hospital Coventry
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
University hospital coventry main entrance 5u07.JPG
The main entrance
University Hospital Coventry is located in West Midlands county
University Hospital Coventry
Shown in West Midlands
LocationClifford Bridge Road,
Coordinates52°25′16″N 1°26′16″W / 52.4212°N 1.4378°W / 52.4212; -1.4378Coordinates: 52°25′16″N 1°26′16″W / 52.4212°N 1.4378°W / 52.4212; -1.4378
Care systemNHS
Hospital typeGeneral
Affiliated universityUniversity of Warwick
Emergency departmentYes

University Hospital Coventry is a large National Health Service (NHS) hospital situated in the Walsgrave on Sowe area of Coventry, West Midlands, England, 4 miles (6.4 km) from the city centre. It is part of the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, and works in partnership with the University of Warwick's Warwick Medical School. It has a large, progressive accident & emergency department providing a trauma service to Coventry and Warwickshire, and is one of the largest of its kind outside London.


The original hospital on the site, known as the Walsgave Hospital, opened in stages: the maternity unit opened in 1966, the general unit opened in 1969 and the psychiatric unit opened in 1973.[1] It was demolished in spring 2007.[2]

A new hospital was procured under a Private Finance Initiative contract to replace the Walsgrave Hospital and the Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital in 2002. The hospital was designed by Nightingale Associates[3] and built by Skanska at a cost of £440 million.[4] Construction started in July 2002 and the hospital opened on 10 July 2006.[5] Skanska subsequently sold its stake to Innisfree for £66 million.[6]

The hospital is equipped with 1,250 beds and 27 operating theatres.[5] On 26 March 2012, the hospital was designated as one of four trauma units in the West Midlands Region.[7] In 2012, the planning committee approved an application to build a new car park at the hospital, to help improve ongoing congestion and traffic issues.[8]

The trust was one of 26 responsible for half of the national growth in patients waiting more than four hours in accident and emergency over the 2014/5 winter.[9]


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 6198 full-time equivalent staff and a sickness absence rate of 3.99%. 70% of staff recommend it as a place for treatment and 64% recommended it as a place to work.[10]

An 84 year old man fell off a trolley and died after a 6 hour trolley wait in October 2019. His daughter says he would still be alive if he had been prioritised, if her pleas for help had not been ignored and that only nurses, not doctors saw him.[11]

Coventry Hospital Radio[edit]

The hospital plays host to Coventry Hospital Radio, a free station provided through the Hospedia bedside units and now online via their website. The station started broadcasting in 1972 after a patient wanted to hear a Coventry City FC match. Coventry Hospital Radio did provide commentary on every match until the move to the Ricoh Arena in 2005. Since 2016 the Saturday afternoon sports show (CHR Sportszone) has provided the latest football scores and rugby scores plus other sporting action.[12] The station is run by volunteers and managed by an elected committee. The station is situated on the 5th floor and is available to all wards and online via the web providing music, entertainment and chat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.[13][14] This year (2019), Coventry Hospital Radio was shortlisted for three National HBA Radio Awards. Radio presenter, Dan Sambell, won a Gold award for "Best Male Presenter" and husband and wife team Colin and Annette Gutteridge were awarded Bronze for Programme With Multiple Presenters.[15][16]

The Meriden Hospital[edit]

The Meriden Hospital is a private hospital run by BMI Healthcare. It is situated within the hospital complex and opposite to the NHS hospital.[17]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Walgrave Hospital". BBC. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  2. ^ "End of an era as Walsgrave Hospital is demolished". 21 November 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Past, Present, Future". Nightingale Associates. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Fire safety fears force remedial work at Skanska PFI hospital". Construction Enquirer. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b "One of Europe's largest Hospital opens in Coventry". University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. 10 July 2006. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Multinational firm Skanksa sells its stake in the PFI company behind University Hospital, Coventry". 1 December 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Four West Midlands hospitals given trauma centre status". BBC Online. BBC News. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  8. ^ Manger, Warren (11 May 2012). "New Coventry University Hospital car park given go-ahead". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  9. ^ "26 trusts responsible for half of national A&E target breach". Health Service Journal. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  10. ^ "HSJ reveals the best places to work in 2015". Health Service Journal. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Coventry Hospital: Man, 84, died on trolley 'after six-hour wait'". BBC. 23 October 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  12. ^ "History". Coventry Hospital Radio. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  13. ^ "COVENTRY HOSPITAL RADIO (CHR)". Hospital Broadcasting Association. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Volunteers". University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  15. ^ "Hospital Radio Presenter claim GOLD and BRONZE". Coventry Hospital Radio. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. 3 April 2019. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  16. ^ "BEST NEWCOMER 2012 RESULTS". Hospital Broadcasting Association. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  17. ^ "Overview - BMI The Meriden Hospital". NHS. Retrieved 25 September 2012.

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