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A hospital with history – and an exciting future Royal visit; King George visits patients

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We want to further develop our hospital in roviding health and hospital care based on three key areas; strengthen our role in the care of the needs of the local community, is those with suspected or confirmed cancer, something that Bath has been doing since improve the hospital site to ensure it’s responsive the 1700’s. to our changing service and clinical needs and Inspirational institutions such as The Bath consider the possibility of a merger with the City Infirmary and Dispensary, and the Bath Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases Casualty Hospital, were established in the late NHS Foundation Trust (The Min). By joining Eighteenth century out of a need to provide free forces, we believe we could deliver better healthcare - albeit rudimentary. services for patients and release funds for The Infirmary provided medical and inpatient improved support and patient care. treatment for the city’s poor. Before this time, Continuing the theme of providing care based paid for treatment was offered to visitors to the on local need….the hospital is planning to city at the General Hospital and doctors would become an NHS Foundation Trust and we want visit wealthy residents in their home. The members of our local communities to be part of Infirmary however, didn’t offer any kind of a successful hospital by becoming members of surgical treatment – that was left to the Casualty the Trust. We remain part of the NHS but with Hospital, founded in 1788. Although it had an greater freedom on how we spend our monies average of just eight beds, it was kept extremely and what services we provide, and we’ll be busy treating the alarming number of injuries accountable to members for our standards of sustained by labourers during the Georgian housing ‘boom’ of the late 18th Century. Eventually the two hospitals joined and the Bath United Hospital opened in 1826. Fast-forward to 2011 and look how modern medicine has moved on. Today the RUH is the city’s largest NHS hospital, occupying a 52-acre site at Combe Park, providing acute and emergency care for half a million people – not just in Bath, but also in north and west Wiltshire, North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and the Mendip area of Somerset. We’re one of the leading hospitals Modern NHS; high-tech scanning equipment improves patient nationally in Stroke care and prostate cancer care and we’ve gone from strength to strength care care. So becoming an NHS Foundation Trust over the past five years, making the RUH a member means you’ll have more of a say in how leading hospital in terms of patient safety and the hospital is run and the services we offer. Join standards of care. For instance, we have us, and you can directly influence the sort of substantially reduced healthcare associated healthcare you want to see at your local NHS infections. There hasn’t been a single case of the hospital. so called ‘super bug’ MRSA for six months, and Members can choose how involved they want only two in the past financial year. Cases of to be from simply receiving a newsletter, or Clostridium difficile reduced from 17 in January coming along to events through to standing for 2010 to just three in January this year. These election as one of our Public Governors. figures put us among the best hospitals in the Membership is free and open to those aged 16 country for standards of safety and infection plus and who live in the area. There will be levels. We’ve also cut waiting times, improved regular updates on our website, www.ruh.nhs.uk our hospital buildings and balanced our books. and in local papers and magazines. You may already be familiar with the RUH. You could be one of the 68,000 people who For further details, or to apply for membership attended our emergency department last year, or visit www.ruh.nhs.uk/foundationtrust or one of the 270,000 who received an outpatient telephone the Foundation Trust office on appointment. Perhaps you are one of our 300 01225 821299 if you would like to have dedicated volunteers? information posted to you. You can email your comments to use at foundationtrust@ruh.nhs.uk Whoever you are, whatever you do, we have some exciting changes planned at the RUH and we’d like you to be involved in them….

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The Bath Magazine Jun 2011  

The Bath Magazine Is a glossy monthly magazine for the city of Bath, Somerset, England

The Bath Magazine Jun 2011  

The Bath Magazine Is a glossy monthly magazine for the city of Bath, Somerset, England