Leicester: Leicester General Hospital

With roots stretching back to Roman times, Leicester is no ordinary city. This historic hub was once home to kings and queens, most famously Richard III. It is also home to Leicester General Hospital (LGH), located around 3 miles from the city centre and treating over one million people annually.

About Leicester General Hospital

LGH is part of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, located in the suburb of Evington, about three miles east of Leicester City Centre, with around 430 beds.

The Trust was created from a merger between LGH and the smaller Glenfield Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary in 2000, which still exists today as a separate treatment centre with a children’s hospital. The Trust’s motto is "Caring at its best".

LGH specialisms include:

  • Maternity and midwifery.
  • Family planning.
  • Treatment of disease, disorder, or injury.
  • Surgical procedures.
  • Diagnostic and screening procedures.
  • Caring for people whose rights are restricted under the Mental Health Act.
  • Dementia.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Learning disabilities.
  • Mental health conditions.
  • Physical disabilities.
  • Sensory impairments.
  • Substance misuse problems.

The hospital has a "Good" rating from the Care Quality Commission for most of its departments, with managers working to improve patient care further after the CQC gave it an Overall rating of Requires Improvement in 2020.

LGH works closely with the University of Leicester and other local education institutions to train the next generation of nurses, midwives, and doctors, with plenty of shadowing experiences available to enhance your training.

Life For Nurses in Leicester 

Leicester is a vibrant place to live and work, with a rich history dating back to Roman times as the site of the Roman town of Ratae Corieltauvorum.

Culturally diverse areas like the Golden Mile reflect Leicester's welcoming spirit. Job opportunities abound at well-regarded institutions like Leicester General Hospital, where plenty of placement opportunities exist.

If you're travelling into Leicester by train, the Midlands Main Line runs from London St Pancras. The train station is on the A6 London Road, putting you around 15 minutes from LGH by bike or a 10-minute bus ride away.

Nearby you will find some of the region's most beautiful villages and towns, like Oadby, Evington, Clarendon Park, and South Knighton.

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Fun Facts About Leicester

  • Leicester hosts the largest Diwali festival outside India, with colourful lights and celebrations attracting over 45,000 people annually along the Golden Mile.
  • Thomas Cook organised the first package holiday in 1841, starting with a train trip from Leicester to Loughborough. A statue honouring Cook stands outside Leicester Railway Station today.
  • Dating back 800 years, Leicester Market is Europe's largest outdoor covered market. It's been at its current location for about 700 years.
  • Leicester Comedy Festival, established in 1994, has grown into the largest comedy festival in Europe, with over 560 shows and 800 performances across 64 venues in 2022.
  • In 2012, King Richard III's remains were discovered underneath a parking lot in Leicester, over 500 years after he was killed in battle. After confirming the identity, the infamous king was reburied at Leicester Cathedral in 2015.