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Britiain’s biggest hospital move begins

Britain’s biggest new hospital, the £545m Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) in Edgebaston, opened for business this morning. The state-of-the-art new facility, which has been in development since 1997, has 1,213 beds and boasts the largest single critical care unit and the biggest solid organ transplant programme in Europe.

The first major department to open was the Emergency Department, which began receiving patients at midnight with the intention of transferring 500 patients over from the old Queen Elizabeth and Selly Oak hospitals by tomorrow. The rest of the move will be conducted in stages with the aim of completing the task by October 2011.

The new hospital, which was completed on budget and on schedule, will serve as a major trauma centre for the West Midlands and as a centre of excellence for burns, cancer and transplantation. It will also be the primary treatment receiving centre for Britain’s injured military personnel.