Welcome to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI)
This page gives you information about the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle.
The RVI has been providing healthcare to communities in Newcastle and the North East for over 250 years. We provide services which are among the safest and most advanced in the country.
From broken bones in the Emergency Department, to tropical fevers in the infectious diseases unit; from brain conditions to problems with your child’s immune system, we provide a full range of modern healthcare services at the RVI.
They range from emergency medicine, from our pioneering burns unit to our innovative dermatology unit, the sole provider in the region of the leading edge Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancer.
Several of our departments at the RVI are officially designated regional centres of expertise. Some enjoy international reputations, like our Neurosciences Centre, which treats people with illnesses affecting the nervous system, including the brain and the spinal cord. Patients come to us not only from Newcastle and across Northern England, but, for some pioneering treatments, from all over the UK and abroad.
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Specialist care for our youngest and most vulnerable
Few hospitals in the UK provide such a wide range of specialist services for children as we do at the Great North Children's Hospital. These include our Paediatric Intensive Care Unit for children who are seriously ill, and our state-of-the-art “bubble unit” for children with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome (SCIDS) – one of only two such units in the country.
Expert care from birth through to old age
Our Maternity Department at the RVI is one of the UK’s largest, helping to bring over 5,700 babies into the world every year. And with our consultant-led service, you know you’re in the safest hands possible however your pregnancy develops.
At the same time, we understand the often very different needs of our elderly patients. Our Falls and Syncope Service, the largest of its kind in Europe, helps to relieve the stress and discomfort of balance, black-out and dizziness, so that our patients can continue to enjoy mobile and independent lives. Our Ophthalmology department has one of the UK’s largest cataract treatment centres, but also offers the most advanced treatments of age-related eye problems such as ARMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration), the major cause of blindness in the UK.
Healthcare with a personal touch
Whatever your reasons for visiting us, we’ll take the very best care of you. Our aim is not just to deliver clinically advanced healthcare, but also to meet the wider, individual needs of all our patients, so you receive personal care at all times, from every member of our team.