Frimley Park Hospital

Health & Medical

Europe, United Kingdom, Surrey

Frimley Park Hospital is a large, 720-bed NHS hospital in Frimley, Surrey, part of the Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. It opened in 1974 to provide a full range of district general hospital services for North East Hampshire and West Surrey, a catchment population of about 365,000. The catchment area includes Frimley, Camberley, Bagshot, Crowthorne, Sandhurst, Yateley, Fleet, Farnborough, Aldershot and Farnham. It gained NHS Foundation Trust status on 1 April 2005. The Hospital was one of five selected in 1995 by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to host a Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit (MDHU), and this was established in February 1996. Military staff are integrated into the hospital workforce and treat both military and civilian patients. The hospital consists of many departments including an accident and emergency department (A&E) a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) and multiple operating theatres. It was the birthplace of the two children of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn; and Rugby Union World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson. Frimley Park also has links with Farnborough Sixth Form College with several of its students working as porters and HCAs, and gaining work experience placements there in accordance with the aims of the Farnborough Sixth Medical Society (FSMS) in order to assist with their medical applications. In May 2009 Frimley Park also ran an event, "Taste of Frimley Park" in order to give students a better idea of what working in the hospital would be like.