The Princess Elizabeth Hospital
well-equipped and well-respected
Taking its name from Her Majesty The Queen, who opened it in 1948, the Princess Elizabeth is a modern and exceptionally well-equipped hospital with over 200 beds. It employs around 300 nursing staff.
Situated just outside St Peter Port, towards the centre of the island, the hospital has expanded and developed over the years to meet the island’s changing healthcare needs - medical, physical, emotional and psychiatric.
A major extension, completed in the nineties, has provided a new home for many departments - including A&E, radiology, the maternity unit and the ; children’s ward - as well as a new staff dining room.
The full list of services and departments gives a good indication of the scope and expertise of the hospital. There are four operating theatre suites, supported by recovery rooms and a state-of-the-art critical care unit.
A&E deals with 20,000 outpatient attendances a year. The blood bank calls in 50 registered donors a week. And Loveridge ward - with 20 ante and post-natal places, plus a 3-bed delivery suite - handles around 650 births each year.
Other main wards include Frossard, a 12-bedded paediatric medical and surgical ward, with 3 NICU cots; Brock and Arnold wards, offering 54 acute medical beds and ;Divette ward ;an 8-bedded Admission & Assessment ward for elderly people with mental health problems.
De Sausmarez and Giffard wards form a busy surgical unit, treating such conditions as orthopaedic, gastrointestinal surgery, ear nose and throat, vascular, ophthalmic and urology. It comprises 30 general surgical beds and a further 20 in the combined orthopaedic/breast/ophthalmic area.
The hospital has a private patients wing - Victoria Ward - comprising 19 single rooms, most with ensuite facilities, where patients benefit from Sky TV, direct-dial phone and an à la carte menu prepared by fully qualified chefs.
Also situated at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital site, Duchess of Kent House is a 36-bedded residential unit for people experiencing dementia. It offers residents person-centred care, focusing on respect for the individual and involving them in decisions that impact on their lives. The House has a Snoezelen room, sensory garden and its own mini-bus for outings.
We are currently planning a brand new, purpose-built clinical block for medical patients that is due for completion in 2009. And, already under construction at the Princess Elizabeth site, is John Henry Court - a major development of nurses’ accommodation which will offer 66 self-contained units (42 bedsits and 24 one-bedroom flats).
The Princess Elizabeth Hospital services currently consist of the following areas:
- Medical and surgical care
- Accident and emergency
- Day patients
- Intensive care
- Theatres and recovery
- Coronary care
- Private patients
- Ante and post-natal
- Delivery suite
- Maternity and paediatrics
- Special care baby unit
- Community midwifery base
- Children and adolescents
- Nuclear medicine
- Breast screening
- CT scanner
- Speech and language therapy
- Occupational health
- Social work
- Health promotion unit