The Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH) is a 527-bedded District General Hospital, located on the fringe of Guildford, serving a population of 320,000 for general services and 1,200,000 for cancer services. The Royal Surrey is also a specialist centre for diabetes, ENT and maxillo facial surgery.
The Trust offers clinical care with one of the lowest mortality rates and one of the best performing A&E departments in the UK. It is situated close to the University of Surrey allowing it to offer opportunities for research and pioneering treatments such as fibroid embolisation, brachytherapy and minimal access surgery.
The Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford became one of the first NHS Trusts in 1991. It treats over 260,000 patients a year - 56,000 Accident and Emergency, 39,000 in-patients and day-patients and 167,000 outpatients. The Trust's annual income to run its services is £199 million.
It employs 3,400 staff, with 362 doctors, 754 nurses and midwives as well as therapists, scientific and technical and support staff (wholetime equivalent). The Trust has 20 wards comprising general and specialist surgery, obstetrics, paediatrics, oncology, orthopaedics, general and specialist medicine, intensive care and coronary care, with 527 beds in total. There are 12 dedicated surgical theatres, one obstetric and one minor operations theatre and state of the art outpatient, audiology and rehabilitation departments.
From October 2006 to October 2007 a successful campaign was fought to save the hospital, along with St Luke's Cancer Centre, from closure. The campaign attracted the support of over 100,000 local people through petitions, protests, publicity and lobbying at a local and national level. Threats remain however to hospitals in West Sussex as part of the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority's Fit for the Future strategy.