Coventry University Hospital

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Coventry University Hospital

Coventry University Hospital





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. 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 hospital was built under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to replace the Walsgrave Hospital and the Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital. Construction started in July 2002 and the hospital opened on 10 July 2006.  The partners in the scheme, known as Projectco, were Innisfree Ltd, Skanska, Vinci SA, GE and ISS Mediclean. Skanska subsequently sold its stake to Innisfree for £66 million.   The hospital cost £440 million to build, but Projectco is guaranteed an income of £3.3 billion over 30 years, including facilities contracts.

The hospital is equipped with 1,250 beds and 27 operating theatres.   On 26 March 2012, the hospital was designated as one of four trauma centres in the West Midlands Region.   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.

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.


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.