Leeds. The City & St James Hospital

Welcome to Leeds, a vibrant city with over 790,000 people and home to St James's University Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in Europe known affectionately as "St Jimmy's". This immense medical centre treats thousands of patients each year.

About St James's University Hospital

St James's University Hospital was built in 1848 just outside Leeds City Centre on Beckett Street with the Lincoln Wing.

The Leeds Union Infirmary opened in 1874 to provide medical care for the poor. It was renamed St. James's Hospital in 1925 and expanded after the NHS was created in 1948, becoming a University Hospital in the 1970s.

The hospital opened a big new cancer centre in 2007 called the Bexley Wing, with space for 1,600 staff members and 350 patient beds.

For inpatient medical care, SJUH excels in the following specialities:

  • Endocrinology and diabetes treatment with dedicated wards and an outpatient clinic.
  • Gastroenterology and hepatology care, including endoscopy procedures.
  • Oncology services like chemotherapy and radiotherapy for cancer patients.
  • Cardiology and cardiac surgery, with specialised cardiac units and clinics.
  • Renal medicine and dialysis treatment.
  • Respiratory medicine for conditions like asthma, COPD, and pulmonary fibrosis.

SJUH also houses several Centers of Excellence for complex surgeries:

  • Colorectal and pelvic floor reconstructive surgery.
  • Minimally invasive surgery.
  • Ophthalmology and eye surgery.
  • Breast surgery, including oncoplastic techniques.
  • Bariatric and weight loss surgery.
  • Transplant surgeries for liver, kidney, and pancreas.

SJUH works with the University of Leeds to train nurses, midwives, and doctors through the Leeds Institute of Medical Research.

St Jimmy's has an excellent reputation in the medicine community, with The Care Quality Commission giving it an 'Outstanding' rating.

Life for Nurses in Leeds

Nurses can expand their skills and advance their careers at St James's University Hospital with work experience placements in specialist areas.

You can learn specialised procedures and complex care techniques for advanced medicine like oncology, transplant surgery, and cardiac care.

Experienced nurses act as mentors and preceptors to guide nurses in developing clinical expertise and critical thinking abilities.

Outside of work, Leeds provides a high standard of living. Housing is affordable, especially compared to London, and Leeds city centre offers shopping, dining, arts, and entertainment.

The beautiful Yorkshire countryside is nearby for exploring, with the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors offering breathtaking scenery.

To visit other cities, hop on a train or bus with York and Manchester only an hour or so away. Leeds Bradford Airport is within a 30-minute drive.

If you are an overseas nurse interested in working in Leeds, please contact MMA Nurse Recruitment

Fun Facts About Leeds 

The first steam locomotive was invented in Leeds in 1758 for the Middleton Railway, which still operates today as a heritage line.

The city helped pioneer cinema, as French inventor Louis Le Prince shot some of the earliest moving pictures in his Roundhay garden in 1888.

Leeds hosts the longest-running West Indian Carnival in Europe, an annual 3-day celebration of Caribbean music, costumes, and parades.

Architect Sir William Henry Bragg pioneered X-rays at the University of Leeds, for which he won the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics.