Transplant unit moves to new Birmingham hospital

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The new hospital has 30 theatres

A transplant unit has moved into a state-of-the-art facility at the new £545m Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB).

The unit, which each year carries out more than 300 liver, kidney, heart and lung transplants, has been at the hospital's older namesake in Edgbaston.

On Wednesday the unit's theatre teams moved into their new base before patients joined them on Thursday.

The QEHB has 30 theatres and 1,213 beds.

The hospital treated its first patients in June.

As well as a centre of excellence for transplants, the new hospital is a national centre for cancer treatment and a regional centre for burns, trauma and neurology.

It also houses a military ward, which cares for wounded armed forces personnel.

The hospital replaces Selly Oak and the old Queen Elizabeth hospital, which was Birmingham's last purpose-built acute unit and opened in 1937.

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