Southampton General Hospital
is a large Teaching Hospital in Southampton, England, operated by
University Hospitals NHS Trust.
The hospital was the
location for the daytime TV fly-on-the-wall documentary series,
hospital began life as the Shirley Warren
Poor Law Infirmary in 1900, when the
Hampshire Hospital was running out of capacity to treat the growing
The initial site cost the Poor Law Guardians £8,200,
and the foundation stone was laid on 31 March 1900. The original
building, housing 289 beds, cost £64,800 to construct; it has since
Southampton Borough Council took responsibility for the hospital in
1929, expanding the number of beds to 431. At this stage, the
hospital became known as the Borough Hospital. When the National Health Service
being in 1948, the hospital took its present name.
The Wessex Neurological Unit opened on the site in 1965, and the
East Wing was constructed in 1974, providing 450 additional beds, a
new Accident and Emergency Department, and a children's unit. Three
years later, the Centre Block was built, which still provides the
main entrance to the hospital. The 7-level Centre Block cost over
£9 million to construct.
In 1983, the £10 million West Wing was constructed, adding 472 beds
to the hospital; this was followed a year later by installation of
the Wessex Body Scanner at a cost of £1.5 million.
In 2005, a new cardiac centre was opened, having cost around £53
million to build. In addition to these buildings, the University of
Southampton has a number of buildings on the site, which are
used both for teaching and research.
In particular, the
hospital has a widespread reputation for cancer
research and asthma
A new Accident and Emergency Department is also under
The Steve Mills Stem Cell Laboratory
September 2006 the Steve Mills Stem Cell
Laboratory, which had been established by a charity created by the
late Southampton F.C. footballer,
Steve Mills, moved from the Royal South
Hants Hospital to a new location at Southampton General Hospital,
and was officially opened on 27
September 2006 by Steve’s widow Jo and
former Southampton footballer and manager, Alan Ball.
- The Steve Mills Stem Cell Laboratory processes, stores and
issues stem cell products for transplant.
- The processing of a patient’s stem cell products takes around 3
hours to complete.
- Stem cell donations are processed as soon as they arrive at the
laboratory because stem cells have a shelf life of just 24
- The laboratory reacts quickly to hospital requests and
processes up to 12 stem cell donations a week.
laboratory processes stem cells for Southampton University
Hospitals Trust, Bournemouth
Hospital, Poole Hospital,
District Hospital and Dorset County Hospital.
- In addition to processing, storing and issuing stem cell
products, the laboratory undertakes critical research and
development of new cancer therapies and treatments.
- Southampton General Hospital is a teaching hospital associated
with the University of Southampton
- The hospital is home to not only the medical students but also
PhD students and research academics and clinicians. Originally
based in the South Academic Block this has been expanded to include
several other buildings including the newly opened Somers
- There are 6 different departments of research at Southampton
- * IIR (Infection, Inflammation and Repair)
- * Cancer Sciences
- * Clinical Neurosciences
- * DoHAD (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease)
- * Human Genetics
- * Community Clinical Sciences