The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) King’s Lynn is located near some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK, along the north Norfolk coast, and not far from Sandringham House.
We provide a comprehensive range of specialist, acute, obstetrics and community-based healthcare services to around 331,000 people across west and north Norfolk, in addition to parts of Breckland, Cambridgeshire and South Lincolnshire.
We have more than 4,000 staff and volunteers, approximately 530 beds, and a helipad for air ambulances. We work with neighbouring hospitals for the provision of tertiary services, including as part of regional partnership and network models of care, such as the trauma network. Some specialist services and clinics are provided in community facilities, such as the North Cambridgeshire hospital in Wisbech.
In February 2022, the significant progress that has been made at QEH in just three years since 2019 was recognised by the Care Quality Commission who rated the Trust as ‘Good’ in all of the core services they inspected, and recommended the Trust moves out of the recovery support system (formerly special measures). We have an absolute determination to continuously improve care and services for our patients and their families.
- 80,057 patients attended our Emergency Department (9,676 more than in 2020/21)
- We treated 47,244 elective and non-elective inpatients (12,622 less than 2020/21)
- 28,518 day case procedures (8,679 more than 2020/21)
- 71,049 new outpatient appointments took place (8,626 less than 2020/21) and 180,661 follow-up appointments (26,659 less than 2020/21)
- 2,065 babies were born at our hospitals (110 more than 2020/21)
As we serve patients on the borders of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, we are commissioned by clinical commissioning groups from these three counties to provide acute hospital services. Our lead commissioner is NHS West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group.
The QEH is a district general hospital which provides acute services for the following specialties:
- Accident and Emergency
- Acute Medicine Unit (AMU)
- Acute Medicine Clinic (AMC)
- Ambulatory Emergency Care (AEC)
- Anaesthetics and Theatres
- Breast Care
- Cancer Day Care
- Cancer Services including Palliative Day Care and Macmillan
- Clinical Psychology
- Day Surgery
- Dermatology and Plastic Surgery
- Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
- Electroencephalography (EEG), monitoring the brain’s electrical activity, including routine video-EEG, sleep EEG (sleep-deprived or Melatonin induced), Ambulatory EEG (the patient wears a portable EEG recorder at home)
- Electromyography (EMG), monitoring electrical activity in the muscles and nerve conduction studies
- Frailty/Care of the Elderly
- General Medicine
- General Surgery
- Oral Surgery
- Pain Management team
- Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC)
- Specialist Rehab/Escalation
- Sterile Services
- Terrington Short Stay (TSS)
- Trauma and Orthopaedics
- Treatment and Investigations Unit (TIU)
- Upper Gastro-Intestinal
We have a renal dialysis unit, which is an outreach unit of the nephrology service in Cambridge. Our oncology service is supplemented by additional facilities in Cambridge and thoracic and plastic surgery services are provided by our neighbouring provider, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.