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Newcastle - Royal Victoria Infirmary

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust includes the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Freeman Hospital, Campus for Ageing and Vitality (formerly Newcastle General Hospital), the Dental Hospital, Newcastle Fertility Centre and Northern Genetics Service, and Great Northern Children's Hospital. The hospital serves the local population of Newcastle and its surrounding area (of up to 3 million). There are a wide range of tertiary specialist services including all forms of transplantation, including bone marrow for immunodeficiency, all major solid cancers, paediatric oncology, haematological malignancies and immunology services.

In 2012, the hospital was in the top 40 of the Hospital Ratings for the 12th successive year.

Flagship services include the Cardiothoracic Centre at the Freeman Hospital and the superb new Great North Children's Hospital which cares for young people from as far north as Berwick upon Tweed, across to Cumbria in the west and down into North Yorkshire.   A major Trauma Centre has recently opened at the RVI  serving a population of more than 3 million.

The hospital will also host the UK's first Institute of Transplantation, dedicated to all forms of transplant surgery.


Introduction to Newcastle training scheme

The Histopathology Training School is based in the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), located in the city centre and adjacent to the Medical School.  All the histopathological services are provided at the RVI.  As a major centre, the quality of the clinical services is amongst the best in the country and all traiing requirements are catered for in Newcastle and the immediate surrounding hospitals.

The Trust attracts some of the country's most highly respected healthcare experts, with clinical teams led by nearly 750 consultants - 160 of whom are honorary academic consultants - all at the cutting edge, nationally and internationally, for the latest developments in the fields of ageing, stem cell, cancer, genetics and transplantation.  The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is in the top five trusts for research activity in England, leading the way in providing opportunities for patients to take part in clinical research studies.

Medical Schools

Newcastle University was established in 1834 in association with Durham University when the College of Medicine was founded. The University is a top centre for Transplantation research.  Institute of Human Genetics became the first in Europe to be granted permission to clone human embryos at the Centre of Life.