Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is located in Norfolk
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Shown in Norfolk
Geography
LocationColney Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, England
Coordinates52°37′01″N 1°13′12″E / 52°37′01″N 1°13′12″E / 52.617; 1.220
Organisation
Care systemNHS England
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityNorwich Medical School
University of East Anglia
Services
Emergency departmentYes
Beds1237[1]
SpecialityNeonatal Intensive Care, Foetal Medicine, Orthopaedics, Cancer, Plastic Surgery, Rheumatology, Ophthalmology, Paediatric Medicine and Surgery
History
Founded2001
Links
WebsiteNorfolk and Norwich Hospital

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) is a National Health Service academic teaching hospital in the Norwich Research Park on the western outskirts of Norwich, England.

The university hospital replaced the former, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, which was founded in 1771, and the West Norwich Hospital. The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital was built under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI), and opened in late 2001: it has 1237 acute beds and offers a wide range of NHS acute health services plus private patient facilities. It is one of the largest hospitals in the United Kingdom in terms of in-patient capacity. The hospital is part of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

NNUH was the first new NHS teaching hospital built in England for more than 30 years and the hospital trust is a joint venture partner with the University of East Anglia.[2] The hospital is a teaching centre for nurses (adult and children's), midwives, doctors, therapists and operating department practitioners. It hosts the Norwich GP speciality training scheme.

Construction

On 11 January 1998, Prime Minister Tony Blair announced the go-ahead for the construction of a £214 million, 809 bed, new hospital in a broadcast from Tokyo on the BBC's Breakfast with Frost show.[3] Site work started the following day (12 January 1998). The project was the first large PFI hospital scheme in the NHS. In July 2000 approval was given to extend the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with a second phase that included an additional 144 beds and took the project cost to £229 million.[4] The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust pays the private PFI Octagon consortium in the region of £41 million a year.[4] In 2004, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants assessed the actual costs at £1.16 billion, or around five times the initial cost of £229 million.[4]

Project team:

The hospital was completed in August 2001, five months ahead of schedule, and on budget. The hospital won the Building Better Healthcare Award[5] for Best Designed Hospital in September 2002. The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital was also highly commended in the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award in 2002.[6]

It is one of a small number of Accident and Emergency departments to benefit from Pearson Lloyd’s redesign - ‘A Better A&E’ - which reduced aggression against hospital staff by 50 per cent. A system of environmental signage provides location-specific information for patients. Screens provide live information about how many cases are being handled and the current status of the A&E department.[7]