Situated in the west of Glasgow, there are a broad range of medical and surgical sub-specialties provided by the Gartnavel General Hospital. Opening in 1973 just off of the Great Western Road, there is a wide variety of both inpatient and outpatient services, growing substantially from its origins as an overflow from the adjacent Gartnavel Royal Hospital, a mental health care facility that has been serving the people of the city since the Victorian era.
Derived from two Gaelic words – Gart (meaning field or enclosure) and Ubhal (apple), the name Gartnavel is thought to reference the status of the land before it was developed for the hospital. Due to the abundance of water in the area from both rivers Kelvin and Clyde, the soil in Glasgow is fantastic for growing plants, meaning a ‘field of apple trees’ seems particularly likely to have been on the site where Gartnavel is now based.
Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow, is in the west of the city and operates in close partnership with the Western Infirmary, Glasgow. It currently contains over 500 beds for inpatients and has a broad range of specialties, feeding the hospital well into the wider Glaswegian healthcare network.
The wide variety and complex scope of services at Gartnavel has expanded since the hospital opened, with specific units and buildings added on to the campus for additional health needs. The Brownlee Centre for Infectious and Communicable diseases opened in 1998, and was a new facility designed to house services formerly provided at Glasgow’s Ruchill Hospital, the Victorian red brick structure that had dominated the skyline for over 100 years. Only the iconic water tower remains, with applications in place to develop the area for housing.
Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse and aid worker who famously contracted the Ebola virus in 2014 while working in Sierra Leone, was diagnosed at the Brownlee Centre before her care moved to London’s Royal Free hospital when her condition worsened.
Also at Gartnavel are the NHS Centre for Integrative Care, an Ophthalmology department, and the Beatson, home to the West of Scotland Cancer Centre. Named after Dr George Beatson, the oncology pioneer and founder of treatment methods for breast cancer, the Beatson opened in 2007 and combined 4 separate facilities throughout the local area. The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (BWoSCC) is the lead centre for delivery of non-surgical cancer care for the whole of Western Scotland, an area with a population of 2.8 million and the Beatson is directly linked with 16 hospitals across five health boards.