Newcastle. The City & Royal Victoria Infirmary

Newcastle is an iconic British city with a proud industrial past. Famed for its brown ale, vibrant nightlife, and distinctive Geordie dialect, it retains its working-class spirit and is home to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), which treats over 400,000 people every year.

About Royal Victoria Infirmary

RVI has provided outstanding healthcare to communities in the Northeast for over 250 years. This impressive 673-bed hospital and research centre has strong links to Newcastle University and the Freeman Hospital.

In 2019, the Care Quality Commission rated RVI overall Outstanding for the second time in a row, with separate Outstanding ratings in Services for children & young people, critical care, end-of-life care, surgery, and urgent and emergency services.

The range of services offered here is vast, from breast screening and gynaecology to ophthalmology and the pioneering burns unit. RVI was also the first in the UK to treat COVID-19 patients, setting the standard for care during the pandemic.

Some of the top specialist services available at the RVI include:

  • The Great North Trauma and Emergency Centre houses a busy emergency department that sees around 138,000 new patients every year.
  • The maternity unit and Newcastle Birthing Centre help deliver over 6,000 babies into the world annually.
  • The Great North Children's Hospital is one of only 14 dedicated children's medical centres in the UK.
  • The neurosciences department cares for those with brain and spinal cord conditions, offering pioneering treatments.
  • The women's health unit cares for women with gynaecological conditions, specialising in benign and malignant conditions.

Whether you work in the impressive Great North Trauma and Emergency Centre, the birth centre and maternity unit, or delivery treatment in neurosciences, you're in excellent hands at this outstanding Newcastle hospital.

Life for Nurses in Newcastle

Newcastle is a vibrant and affordable city for nurses to live and work in. Nurses can enjoy a high quality of life here with a range of housing options, transportation links, abundant green spaces, and many attractions.

The Metro light rail system has over 60 stops connecting the city centre to the suburbs and will take you within a 2-minute walk of RVI. There's also a bus network with 180 routes.  

In the city, you'll find The Town Moor, a large park perfect for walks. Jesmond Dene House has woodlands and the river, and you can take excursions to Northumberland National Park to hike and take in the breathtaking scenery.

Top attractions like the Quayside's Millennium Bridge, the Roman fort of Segedunum, and the Great North Museum give you plenty to do. The nightlife along the Quayside and Bigg Market is also some of the best in the country.

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Fun Facts About Newcastle

Newcastle Central Station was the first covered train station in the world when it opened in 1850. Queen Victoria herself opened it.

The Millennium Bridge in Newcastle is nicknamed the "blinking eye" because it pivots sideways to allow boats to pass underneath.

Newcastle's Literary and Philosophical Society library is the largest independent library outside of London.

Newcastle shares its latitude with Copenhagen, Denmark, and southern Sweden, making it one of the northernmost major cities in England.