Belfast. The City & Royal Victoria Hospital

Belfast is Northern Ireland's capital city, famous for Belfast Castle, Peace Wall, and the shipyard where the Titanic was built. The largest hospital in Belfast is Royal Victoria Hospital, which serves over 80,000 inpatients and 350,000 outpatients annually. Being a nurse in Belfast is a privilege, thanks to the city's friendly community.

About Royal Victoria Hospital

RVH, commonly known as "the Royal", is the largest hospital in Belfast. It was founded in 1797 as the Belfast Fever Hospital and General Dispensary, separating into Belfast General Hospital in 1847, and gaining a royal charter in 1975.

Today, RVH provides care for hundreds of thousands of people across Northern Ireland. The hospital's Stroke Unit is the only one in Northern Ireland offering thrombectomy treatment, accepting referrals from across the country and Ireland.

You'll find RVH provides many essential local services to the people of Belfast, including paediatrics and community services. It also offers a wide range of regional specialist services, such as an adult cystic fibrosis service.

Key specialisms at the hospital include:

  • Cardiac surgery.
  • Critical care.
  • Regional Trauma Centre.
  • Stroke unit with thrombectomy service.
  • Maternity and midwifery.
  • Family planning.
  • Diagnostic services.
  • Stroke care.
  • Respiratory medicine.
  • Transplants.
  • Vascular services.

RVH works alongside the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children with a specialist Children's Haematology Unit (CHU) on-site to provide dedicated care for haematological disorders.

The latest UK TARN (Trauma Audit & Research Network) data shows that RVH is in the top third of UK hospitals in terms of patient outcomes.

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Life for Nurses in Belfast

Moving to Belfast as a nurse? You'll find that this friendly city has a lot going for it.

Transport around town is a breeze. The city centre is very walkable and bikeable. Buses and trains connect all over Belfast and beyond. With Belfast Airport just outside town, exploring the rest of the UK and Ireland is easy.

Your money will go further here too. Between the pubs, markets, museums, and music venues, there's always free or cheap fun to be had, such as grabbing a bite at one of the many affordable restaurants and strolling through parks like the Botanic Gardens.

There are plenty of family-friendly neighbourhoods, too. You'll find safe areas with good schools, from Newtownbreda in the south to Castlereagh in the east. Outdoor lovers can hike the trails around Cave Hill and enjoy the NI countryside.

And you'll always have things to see and do. Wander around the Titanic Quarter, visit historical landmarks like City Hall, or learn about the city's past at one of its many museums like the Ulster Museum and HMS Caroline.

Fun Facts About Belfast

Belfast was once bigger than Dublin and was Ireland's largest city in the early 1900s.

The city's original name, "Beal Feirste", translates to "mouth of the sand bank ford" in Irish.

Nazi Germany bombed Belfast during World War II in an event known as the Belfast Blitz.

The Titanic was constructed in Belfast at the Harland and Wolff shipyard, which employed 15,000 workers at its peak.

Samson and Goliath, the famous Harland and Wolff shipyard cranes, are the largest free-standing cranes in the world.