Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

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Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

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The Royal Victoria Hospital (commonly known as "The Royal" or the "R.V.H." or the royal Belfast) is a hospital in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The hospital, which provides over a fifth of the acute beds in Northern Ireland and treats half a million patients a year, is currently undergoing a £74m refurbishment. This has included an extension to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, new wards in the main hospital, a new Accident & Emergency department and a new maternity unit.

The hospital is located in West Belfast, approximately 15 minutes walk from the City Centre (Spires Centre, Jury's Hotel, Fitzwilliam Hotel site), on bus routes.

The hospital has a Regional Virus Centre which is one of the four laboratories in the United Kingdom on the WHO list of laboratories able to perform PCR for rapid diagnosis of influenza A virus infection in humans.


Completed in 1906, it is a landmark in building engineering, laying claim to being the first air conditioned public building in the world. Belfast's Sirocco Works factory pioneered the development of air conditioning.

The original hospital<!-- If it was founded in 1873 how can the original hospital have been designed 26 years later? --> was designed in 1899 by architects Henman and Cooper of Birmingham, the culmination of preparations from the mid-1890s to modernise hospital design with special regard to advances in both antiseptic treatment in surgery and the...
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