Furness General Hospital
Description and departments
Opened on October 14, 1984 (replacing four local hospitals; Devonshire Road Hospital, North Lonsdale Hospital, Risedale Maternity Hospital and Roose Hospital), it is owned and operated by the British National Health Service and part of the branch, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay.1 FGH is the second largest hospital in the South Cumbria/ North Lancashire region. The hospital has an emergency department, oncology unit, critical care unit, maternity and special care baby unit, numerous outpatient services and is also home to the Dane Garth Mental Health Unit.1 The majority of people rescued from accidents in the Lake District Mountains come to FGH.2 The more serious cases, including life threatening injuries, are usually transferred to the Royal Preston Hospital.
An average of between 1,200 and 1,300 babies are delivered in FGH every year, this is one of the lowest figures of any general hospital in North West England.34 In terms or waiting times at FGH, 93% of patients are treated within an 18 week period.5 The MRSA blood infection rate at the hospital is extremely low with only 0.8 infections for every 10,000 bed days.5 The mortality ratio at FGH is 100.3 (which is on par with national average).5 Overall the hospital has been rated 'fair' although the food provided has been rated 'excellent' and the quality of the hospital environment, 'good' (81% of people who have rated FGH on the NHS official website would recommend to a friend).
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