Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) – which is run by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) – is recognised as one of the leading hospitals in Europe, and has an international reputation for quality of care, informatics/IT, clinical training and research.
QEHB provides direct clinical services to nearly 800,000 patients every year, serving a regional, national and international population. It is a regional centre for cancer, trauma, renal dialysis, burns and plastics, and has the largest solid organ transplantation programme in Europe. The Liver Unit celebrated its 30th year of transplantation in 2012.
QEHB employs more than 8,000 members of staff and has successfully transferred its services from two hospitals, a mile and a half apart, into the UK’s newest and largest single-site hospital. The £545m construction opened its doors to patients on 16 June 2010 and the building offers accommodation which has been favourably compared to a high-profile, award-winning private hospital. It has 1,213 inpatient beds, 30 operating theatres and a 100-bed critical care unit – the largest co-located critical care unit in the world.
QEHB is host to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM), and treats all seriously injured British military personnel evacuated from overseas. It also treats military casualties from other countries such as Denmark. The co-location of QEHB, RCDM, University of Birmingham Medical School and Birmingham Women’s Hospital makes the hospital site one of the largest healthcare campuses in the world. QEHB also has close strategic and operational links with other nearby hospital trusts including Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.
QEHB is world-renowned for its trauma care, and has developed pioneering surgical techniques in the management of ballistic and blast injuries including bespoke surgical solutions for previously unseen injuries. As a result of its clinical expertise in treating trauma patients and military casualties, QEHB has been designated both a Level 1 Trauma Centre and host of the UK’s first and only £20m National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre.