The £545m ($810m) Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, UK, has opened its doors.

The 1,213-bed hospital replaces the nearby Selly Oak and old Queen Elizabeth hospitals.

It incorporates the largest single critical care unit in Europe and will provide healthcare services to UK military casualties. It will also serve as a major trauma centre for the West Midlands and a centre of expertise for cancer, burns and transplants.

The new hospital’s emergency department was the first unit to begin accepting patients, transferred from Selly Oak.

It will continue to be opened in stages, and will accommodate around 500 patients transferred from the two hospitals in its first phase.

Remaining services from Selly Oak and inpatients from the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital will be transferred to the new hospital on a rolling basis.

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