Wishaw General Hospital

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Wishaw General Hospital
NHS Lanarkshire
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Wishaw General Hospital
Location Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type District General
Emergency department Yes:
Accident and Emergency
Beds 633
Founded 2001
Website Wishaw General Hospital
Lists Hospitals in Scotland

Wishaw General Hospital (more commonly known as Wishaw General) is a district general hospital in the Craigneuk area of Wishaw, North Lanarkshire.

The Hospital[edit]

Wishaw General Hospital opened on 29 May 2001. It is a 633-bedded hospital, with the second-largest maternity unit in Scotland, delivering 5500 babies each year.[1] The hospital has a paediatric neonatal unit, an MRI scanner, elderly care and psychiatric day hospitals, and an emergency care unit containing an integrated 24-hour accident and emergency unit with 36-bed ward.

The hospital is just 11 miles from Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, that lies to the north-west of Wishaw.

Design and construction[edit]

The hospital was designed by Percy Thomas Partnership and built by Sir Robert McAlpine as part of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project led by Summit Healthcare.[2] Construction started on site in November 1998 and was completed in February 2001.[3]

NHS Lanarkshire[edit]

NHS Lanarkshire is responsible for the health of more than 553,000 people living within the North and South Lanarkshire local authority areas.

The three district general hospitals in the area - Wishaw General, Monklands Hospital in Airdrie and Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride - each have an accident and emergency department and provide a range of specialist medical and surgical services. Maternity, gynaecology and paediatric services are based at Wishaw General Hospital.


Ward/Area Speciality Number of beds
Ward 1 Adult Mental Health 23
Ward 2 Adult Mental Health 23
Ward 3 Old Age Psychiatry 23
Ward 4 Medical/Cardiology 24
Ward 5 Medical/Gastroenterology 24
Ward 6 Medical/Endocrinology 24
Ward 7 Medical/Respiratory 24
Ward 8 Oncology/Rheumatology 24
Ward 9 Care of the Elderly 25
Ward 10 Care of the Elderly 25
Ward 11 Care of the Elderly 25
Ward 12 Care of the Elderly 25
Ward 13 Gynaecology 14
Ward 14 Orthopaedics 24
Ward 15 Orthopaedics 24
Ward 16 Surgical 24
Ward 17 Surgical 24
Ward 18 Surgical Receiving 24
Ward 20 Children's Ward 24
Ward 21 Maternity Triage/Transitional Care 9
Ward 22 Maternity 23
Ward 24 Maternity 17
ECU Emergency Care Unit 36
IPCU Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit 6


Hospital Maternity Unit

Wishaw General Hospital serves neighbouring towns of Motherwell, Newmains and Shotts, serving over 250,000 in NHS Lanarkshire. It is one of three acute hospitals in NHS Lanarkshire.

Centralised Services[edit]

As part of NHS Lanarkshire's Picture of Health consultation on the future of service provision within Lanarkshire, the centralisation of specialist services at the most appropriate site is an ongoing process.[4]


Following a makeover of bus services from First in 2008, more of the company's buses are now travelling past the main entrance of the hospital and the maternity unit. This was considered necessary since more and more patients were using the hospital facilities and that a survey showed an increase of patients in the hospital every year.

The General Hospital lies 1 kilometre from the town's railway station to the south-east and Sheildmuir station just over half a kilometre to the west.


  1. ^ "Wishaw General Hospital". NHS Lanarkshire. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  2. ^ "Who are Summit Healthcare?". Labour Party. 6 October 2000. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Scotland's yards, Hospitality Design (on Findarticles.com), October 2001. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  4. ^ A Picture of Health

Coordinates: 55°46′25″N 3°56′31″W / 55.77361°N 3.94194°W / 55.77361; -3.94194