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Coventry: The City and University Hospital

Coventry is one of England's most youthful cities, with a median age of 36 and three beautiful cathedrals. University Hospital Coventry (UHC) is Coventry’s largest hospital, with over 1,000 beds, 26 operating theaters, and specialist facilities for cardiology, neurosurgery, and joint replacements.

About University Hospital Coventry

UHC is a substantial modern hospital specialising in surgical procedures and maternity care, serving over 800,000 patients annually. 

The new hospital replaced the Walsgrave Hospital and the Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital, significantly improving patient care in the process. Recently, University Hospital Coventry made history as the site of the first COVID-19 vaccination given to a patient outside of a research trial. Margaret Keenan got the shot there on December 8, 2020.

UHC specialisms include:

  • Maternity and midwifery.
  • Termination of pregnancies.
  • Services in slimming clinics.
  • Family planning.
  • Treatment of disease, disorder, or injury.
  • Assessment or medical treatment for mental health.
  • Surgical procedures.
  • Diagnostic and screening procedures.
  • Management of supply of blood and blood-derived products.

UHC has a children’s inpatient department and emergency center with 52 infant and children’s beds. The paediatrics department treats circa 30,000 children annually with expertise in palliative care and plastic surgery.

The standard of care delivered by UCH is excellent, with the CQC giving it an Overall Good rating and individual Good ratings for 9 out of 10 services. This makes UHC one of the best hospitals in England, let alone the region. 

Life for Nurses in Coventry

With its central location and excellent transportation links, nurses living in Coventry can easily get to UCH and explore the surrounding areas. The city center is compact and walkable, with bustling markets, shops, and restaurants.

On your days off from work, Coventry's central station provides quick trains to London, Birmingham, and beyond, or you can hop on a local bus to charming towns like Stratford-upon-Avon and Tamworth (these are also great places to live!).

Culture vultures will enjoy the Belgrade Theatre's diverse performances, while the Herbert Museum houses an impressive art collection. Check out the Ricoh Arena or cosy venues like The Tin Music and Arts for live music.

With so much to do on your doorstep, you will never be bored in Coventry. The convenience, culture, and accessibility make it an ideal base. MMA are experts in the recruitment of international nurses to the UK

Fun Facts About Coventry

  • Coventry is considered the birthplace of the modern bicycle. The Rover safety cycle, invented in 1885 by John Kemp Starley, was the prototype for modern bike design.
  • The phrase "sent to Coventry" originated during the English Civil War. Captured Royalists imprisoned in the pro-Parliament city were shunned and given a hard time by locals.
  • King Henry VIII destroyed Coventry's medieval St. Mary's Cathedral during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s. Its haunting ruins still stand today.
  • The world's first jet engine was invented in Coventry in 1937 by Sir Frank Whittle, pioneering a new era in aviation.
  • Coventry was the unlikely birthplace of Australia's "Father of Federation" - Sir Henry Parkes, five times Premier of New South Wales in the 19th century.

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