Top 10 largest hospitals in the world
From Auckland to Taiwan, Healthcare Global charts the largest hospital facilities based on capacity
10 | Auckland City Hospital
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland City Hospital, located in New Zealand, has over 3,500 rooms for the treatment of patients and 1,124 beds available if prolonged treatment is required. It is not only the biggest hospital in the country, but also one of the oldest, originally being constructed of timber in 1846. It sees over 55,000 patients annually, with its specialist children’s emergency unit facilitating another 30,000. Auckland City hospital is publicly funded and also serves as a clinical research centre with partnerships with public, private and commercial organisations.
9 | St. George’s Hospital
Location: London, United Kingdom
St. George’s Hospital is the largest hospital in the United Kingdom, primarily serving 1.3mn people in southwest London and significant populations of Surrey and Sussex, totalling around 3.5mn.
The hospital itself is 200 years old and is one of country’s principle teaching and training hospitals.
St George’s has 1,300 beds and around 8,500 staff members as well as having several centres of excellence, such as its stroke care and cardiology unit. It was merged with community services Wandsworth in 2010 to integrate the provision of healthcare in the area.
8 | Jackson Memorial Hospital
Location Miami, Florida
Jackson Memorial Hospital is a non-profit tertiary care hospital located in Miami, Florida. It has one of the busiest trauma centres in the country and is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Miami-Dade county.
It has a large 66-bed Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a 126-bed Newborn Special care Center, which acts as a regional referral facility. Jackson Memorial Hospital is also the only hospital in Florida to perform every kind of organ transplant, making it a vital asset for the state.
The hospital is also a major teaching facility for the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine with over 1,000 full-time faculty members of the medical school, 600 of which are engaged in clinical practice.
7 | Presbyterian Hospital
Location: New York, USA
New York’s Presbyterian Hospital is one of America’s highest quality medical institutions, as well as being its largest. It primarily serves people in the New York metropolitan area, although it sees patients from all around the globe.
It has 2,478 beds and sees more than 2mn visits annually, also making it one of the busiest hospitals in America, with the A&E department seeing more than 310,000 patients in a year.
The hospital employs around 20,000 people as well as having 6,500 affiliated physicians, making it one of the largest private employers in New York. It is known for excellent research and prides itself on being a world-class academic medical centre.
6 | Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Location: Beijing, China
The Beijing Hospital for Traditional Chinese Medicine is an integrative and complementary option for medical care, and often works together with evidence-based medicine to improve overall patient outcomes.
The hospital uses both western-style medicine in conjunction with traditional holistic treatments such as acupuncture, herbal medicine and healthcare counselling. It guarantees its treatments are of the highest quality, and all herbs are authorised by the Chinese Ministry of Health, as well as helping patients prepare their herbal medicine prescriptions so they are fit for human consumption. Its staff are also bilingual and the hospital offers a 24-hour translation service for patients from abroad.
5 | Ahmedabad Civil Hospital
Location: Asarwa, India
Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, found in Asarwa, India, was established in 1841, and is one of the oldest and most medically advanced hospitals in the country. The hospital campus is spread over 110 acres and has 44 wards with 2,800 beds.
It is the largest public hospital in Asia, admitting around 70,000 patients annually and conducting 26,000 surgeries and 6,500 deliveries. In 2008, the World Bank received a proposal for funding from the hospital to increase its bed capacity to 4,800 by constructing a new nine story building on the existing campus grounds. However, this plan has yet to be realised.
4 | Clinical Center of Serbia
Location: Belgrade, Serbia
The Clinical Center of Serbia is situated on an 84-acre campus that also contains a Medical High School as well as the Faculty of Medicine and 23 clinics. Over 7,000 people are employed at the hospital, and there are around 50 buildings on the hospital grounds, and with 3,150 beds this makes it the largest hospital in Europe.
Annually the hospital treats over 1,000,000 patients, performs over 50,000 surgeries and more than 7,000 childbirths.
3 | Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
This facility opened on the 23rd September 1942 due to the increasing demands World War II had put on the British Empire’s need for medical services, mainly due to the conflicts in the middle east. The hospital occupies a 170-acre campus, with 3,400 beds and over 6,700 staff members.
More than 2,000 patients check in to the hospital’s clinics and outpatient departments daily, with approximately 70% of all admissions being emergencies. This number includes around 160 victims of gunshots per month.
The maternity wing of the hospital treats roughly 60,000 patients per year. The A&E represents the busiest department of the hospital, with over 350 daily patients. It registers 150,000 inpatients and 500,000 outpatients a year. As a civilian hospital its main contribution is towards the training of new health professionals, and it acts as a teaching hospital for the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School.
2 | West China Medical Center of Sichuan University
Location: Chengdu, China
The West China Medical Center of Sichuan University is located in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, and is controlled by the People’s Republic of China and has a bed capacity of 4,300. The hospital was founded in 1914, with the medical school preceding it by four years when it was founded by five Christian missionary groups from the United Kingdom, United States and Canada in 1910.
The hospital is one of the most important medical schools in China and consists of five different colleges specialising in Basic and Forensic Medicine, Stomatology, Public Health, Pharmacy and Medicine. There are over 3,000 students at the hospital, with half involved in a bachelor’s program and the rest studying more advanced medical disciplines.
1 | Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
Location: Taoyuan, Taiwan
The largest hospital in the world, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taoyuan, Taiwan, has a bed capacity of over 10,000. It treats over 1.1mn inpatients a year and 3.5mn patients and employs over 5,000 physicians, doctors and healthcare professionals. The hospital was established in 1978 and grew to encompass the Chang Gung University and Chang Gung Institute of Technology. In 2006 Chang Gung Memorial Hospital purchased the Da Vinci Surgical Robotic System for minimally invasive procedures.