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The 10 Best UK Cities for Medical Care

Whilst few people wish to live on the doorstep of a hospital, being a quick drive away is particularly appealing to those with children or elderly relatives. It gives a peace of mind that emergency help is available should it be needed, which is why many Brits deem nearby medical facilities as a factor to consider when moving house.

Our Selling Points Index 2018 analysed seven key data sets for the top 26 cities across the UK. One ranking aspect was the percentage of people treated or admitted in Accident and Emergency within four hours. So, if you’re planning a move with children or elderly relatives in tow, check out the locations below for efficient emergency care …

1st – Middlesbrough 98.1%

Taking the top spot is North Yorkshire’s Middlesbrough. The large post-industrial town gets 98.1% of patients seen within four hours at The James Cook University Hospital. The facility holds 1,024 beds and, as well as general services, specialises in neurosciences, renal medicine, spinal injuries, cardiothoracic, vascular surgery and cancer services. Their emergency department is also the major trauma centre for the surrounding counties and has its own helipad.

2nd – Edinburgh 95.2%

Edinburgh is home to a number of hospitals, but the 24-hour Accident and Emergency department is located at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. An impressive 95.2% of patients are seen within four hours of entering the hospital.

The first birthing centre in the Lothian region was opened at RIE in October 2011. The midwife-led facility is next to the Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health which sees an average of 6000 babies born every year.

3rd –  Newcastle 94.4%

The Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle gets 94.4% of accident and emergency patients seen within four hours. The 673-bed hospital opened in 1752 and is now also used as a teaching hospital for medical students attending the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

4th – Stoke-on-Trent 94%

Narrowly missing out on a top three finish, is the Royal Stoke University Hospital. The teaching and research hospital has a busy Accident and Emergency department but, on average, see 94% of patients within four hours.

5th – Glasgow 93.6%

Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary has cemented the final place in the top five by seeing 93.6% of patients within the four-hour window. The hospital’s west-facing Centre Block is an impressive Victorian building which opened its doors in 1914. With a capacity of around 1000 beds, the hospital campus as a whole covers an area of around 20 acres.

6th – Southampton 93.3%

Southampton General Hospital was founded in 1900 and is now also used as a teaching hospital. 93.3% of the patients who visit Accident and Emergency are seen quickly. The neighbouring Princess Anne Hospital is the maternity facility featured in the first two series of Channel 4’s One Born Every Minute.

7th – Cambridge 92.4%

Addenbrooke’s Hospital is home to Cambridge’s Accident and Emergency department where 92.4% of people are seen within four hours. The facility is an internationally renowned teaching hospital and research centre based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

8th – Manchester 92.3%

Founded in 1752, Manchester Royal Infirmary sees around 145,000 people in need visit their Accident and Emergency department, with 92.3% being seen within four hours. The hospital specialises in renal medicine and surgery, kidney and pancreas transplants and cardiology.

9th – Bristol 90.8%

Also known as BRI, Bristol Royal Infirmary is a large teaching hospital in the centre of the city. Whilst it provides general care and surgery, it specialises in cardiothoracic and cystic fibrosis services. The Accident and Emergency department at BRI sees 90.8% of patients within four hours.

10th – Sheffield 89.8%

Making the top 10 is Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital. It has an Accident and Emergency department for adults, whereas children are treated at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital on Western Bank. The hospital is a major trauma centre for Sheffield and the surrounding areas.

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