The job of the hospitals run by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is to provide the best possible acute hospital care for a tertiary catchment area of up to 822,500 people. Acute hospital care means specialist care for patients who need treatment for serious conditions that cannot be dealt with by health service staff working in the community.
The Trust provides a full range of acute clinical services, including more specialist services such as oncology and radiotherapy, neonatology, orthopaedics, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, rheumatology, paediatric medicine and surgery.
Every year our staff of more than 6,000 treat more than 700,000 people from Norfolk, from neighbouring counties and from further afield. Our patients are referred to us by around 100 local GP practices but also from other acute hospitals and other primary care trusts around the country.
As an NHS Foundation Trust, we are accountable for our performance to the independent regulator Monitor. Monitor is accountable to Parliament. Most of our funding (90 per cent) comes from primary care trusts (PCTs) that are funded by the Department of Health and are responsible for commissioning local health services. Our main PCT partner is the primary care trust NHS Norfolk. We are based in the NHS East of England strategic health authority area.
We also play an important role in the teaching and training of a very wide range of health professionals, in partnership with the University of East Anglia, City College Norwich and University Campus Suffolk.