It is a problem that is especially acute in underdeveloped and developing countries. A person needing medical attention goes to a hospital, only to be turned away due to a lack of space in the facility. If only the hospital had enough beds for all the patients, this would not have happened. Instead, this sad incident keeps getting repeated over and over again.
So which hospitals should you go to that would give a reasonable assurance that you could be checked, diagnosed and, if need be, admitted? Below are some of the biggest hospitals in the world. Take note that big does not necessarily equate to being good. At the end of the day, the most important thing is still the quality of the health care provided. It is not just the number of beds that is important, but also the number of procedures that a health facility is capable of providing.
We have included one hospital for every continent except for Antarctica. Owing to the sheer size and population of China, we have placed them separately from the rest of Asia.
1. Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital – Johannesburg, South Africa
It started out as the Royal Imperial Hospital in 1941, built especially for British and Commonwealth soldiers. Located near a hostel called The Wayside Inn that was owned by John Albert Baragwanath, the hospital was envisioned by Field Marshal Jan Smuts as one that would serve the area’s black population.
In 1947, King George VI visited the hospital to present awards and medals to the soldiers confined there. By the following year, the hospital had become known as the Baragwanath Hospital. It later changed its name to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, a leader of the Communist Party of South Africa, who was assassinated by extremists in 1993.
In the Cornish language that descended from the ancient British language, Baragwanath stood for wheaten bread.
The Soweto hospital is located south of Johannesburg in South Africa. In terms of land area, it is the biggest hospital in the world, as it stands on 173 acres of land. It employs around 6,760 staff and employees, and it has 3,200 beds available for its patients.
The hospital is one of the 40 Gauteng provincial hospitals, and is managed and financed by the Gauteng Provincial Department of Health. It is also considered to be one of the teaching hospitals for students of the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, one of four hospitals that serve the school. The others are the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, the Helen Joseph Hospital, and the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital.
Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital has a lot of specialized clinics and a huge out patient department. These clinics and department serve more than a couple of thousand patients on a daily basis, seeing people from as far as the catchment area of Klerksdorp.
2. Clinical Center of Serbia – Belgrade, Serbia
The Clinical Center of Serbia is the biggest hospital in Europe. In terms of number of beds, it is actually the largest one in the world, with 3,500 beds available for its patients. The Center is located in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and boasts of 28 institutes, including 11 institutes of surgery. It performs more than 30,000 surgical interventions every year.
Its Department of Hospital Epidemiology that was established in 2001 is the only one that is engaged in infection control in the whole of Serbia. It has three epidemiologists and 14 infection control nurses that are working on a full time basis. As the teaching center for infection control in the country, the hospital plays a prominent role in all activities and campaigns regarding the problem.
The hospital has more than 7,500 people in its employ.
3. Jackson Memorial Hospital – Miami, Florida, United States
Jackson Memorial Hospital is located in Miami in the southeastern part of the United States. It is the biggest hospital in the United States based on the number of beds it has available for its patients. The hospital offers 2,000 beds and serves more than 70,000 patients every year.
The hospital is considered a major teaching facility for the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami. It is considered to be a referral center and a magnet for medical research. Jackson Memorial is also home to Ryder Trauma Center. This Center is the only Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center in the whole county.
The hospital is also considered to be one of the largest in the world in terms of organ transplants. It performs more than 400 transplants every year.
4. Royal Melbourne Hospital – Melbourne, Australia
The Royal Melbourne Hospital was the first hospital in the city, having been established in 1948. It is considered to be one of the country’s preeminent hospitals, providing leading clinical care, as well as world-class medical expertise. The hospital is also known for its extensive surgical skill and outstanding research facilities and output. It is also one of Australia’s leading public teaching hospitals and it operates across two campuses. The hospital has an annual admission of 85,400 patients.
5. Ahmedabad Civil Hospital – Ahmedabad, India
The hospital is run by the government, and is located in the seventh largest city of India. It is situated in a sprawling 110-acre campus and offers 2,800 beds. It is considered the largest hospital in Asia, with 80,000 surgeries being performed every year.
6. Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine – Beijing, China
This is the biggest hospital in all of China. It employs more than 1,300 people, of which 150 are medical specialists of high ranking. Its services are said to be world-class, even though the cost is considered to be very competitive. The hospital is also known for its practice of traditional Chinese medicine.
7. Hospital das Clinicas da Universidade de Sao Paulo – Sao Paulo, Brazil
This is the largest hospital complex in the entire Latin America. The hospital features six specialized buildings and offers 2,200 beds for its patients. Established in 1944, it is considered to be the teaching hospital of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Sao Paulo.
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