Limassol General Hospital in Cyprus
Royal Brompton Hospital is one of the biggest heart and lung hospitals in the world.
During peacetime, hospitals can be indicated by a variety of symbols. For example, a white 'H' on a blue background is often used in the United States. During times of armed conflict, a hospital may be marked with the emblem of the red cross, red crescent or red crystal in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.
Starship Children's Health is a children's hospital in Auckland, New Zealand
McMaster University Medical Centre is a teaching hospital in Hamilton, Ontario
Hospital beds per 1000 people 2013.
Hospital beds per inhabitants
Resuscitation room bed after a trauma intervention, showing the highly technical equipment of modern hospitals
View of the Askleipion of Kos, the best preserved instance of an Asklepieion.
Ruins of a two thousand-year-old hospital were discovered in the historical city of Anuradhapura Mihintale Sri Lanka
Entrance to the Qalawun complex in Cairo, Egypt which housed the notable Mansuri hospital.
A hospital ward in sixteenth century France.
1820 Engraving of Guy's Hospital in London one of the first voluntary hospitals to be established in 1724
Ruins of the Hospital San Nicolás de Bari in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, recognized by UNESCO for being the oldest hospital built in the Americas. Built between 1514 and 1541.
Pennsylvania Hospital (now part of University of Pennsylvania Health System). Founded in 1751, it is the earliest established public hospital in the United States. It is also home to America's first surgical amphitheatre and its first medical library.
A ward of the hospital at Scutari where Florence Nightingale worked and helped to restructure the modern hospital
Clinical Hospital Dubrava in Zagreb, Croatia
The medical center at the University of Virginia shows the growing trend for modern architecture in hospitals.
The National Health Service Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in the UK, showing the utilitarian architecture of many modern hospitals
Hospital chapel at Fawcett Memorial Hospital (Port Charlotte, Florida)
Hinduja National Hospital, Mumbai
An intensive care unit (ICU) within a hospital
Uniklinikum Aachen in Germany
Tampere University Hospital in Tampere, Finland
All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, India
Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania
Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami's Health District, the primary teaching hospital for the University of Miami's Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and the largest hospital in the United States with 1,547 beds

Health care institution providing patient treatment with specialized health science and auxiliary healthcare staff and medical equipment.

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Intensive care medicine

Several terms redirect here.

A patient being managed on an intensive care unit
An endotracheal tube
A patient of an intensive care unit in a German hospital in 2015, with two staples of syringe drivers on the right behind him, monitoring screens for heart rate, blood pressure and an electrocardiogram (top) and a portable hemodialysis machine (left)

Intensive care is usually provided in a specialized unit of a hospital called the intensive care unit (ICU) or critical care unit (CCU).

Urgent care center

Outpatient department.

An urgent care center (UCC), also known as an urgent treatment centre in the United Kingdom, is a type of walk-in clinic focused on the delivery of urgent ambulatory care in a dedicated medical facility outside of a traditional emergency department (ED) located within a hospital.

Rehabilitation hospital

Rehabilitation hospitals, also referred to as inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, are devoted to the rehabilitation of patients with various neurological, musculoskeletal, orthopedic, and other medical conditions following stabilization of their acute medical issues.

A network of dendrites from neurons in the hippocampus.

The industry is largely made up by independent hospitals that operate these facilities within acute care hospitals.


Any recipient of health care services that are performed by healthcare professionals.

Patients at the Red Cross Hospital in Tampere, Finland during the 1918 Finnish Civil War
Receptionist in Kenya attending to an outpatient
A mother spends days sitting with her son, a hospital patient in Mali

The term was originally used by psychiatric hospital services using of this patient type to care for people needing support to make the transition from in-patient to out-patient care.


Charitable housing provided to people in a particular community.

Drawing of almshouses in Rochford, England, 1787
Detail from a document connected with the foundation of Henry VII's chantry and almshouses at Westminster. The King sits in the Star Chamber and receives the Archbishop of Canterbury William Warham, Richard Fox, the Bishop of Westminster and clerics associated with Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral as well as the Lord Mayor of London
Bakewell Almshouses, Derbyshire, England
Almshouses in Lier, Belgium
Shireburn Cottages, 18th century almshouses, Hurst Green, Lancashire
Almshouses at the parish church of St John in Thaxted, England
The almshouse at Woburn, Bedfordshire, England
St Mary's Almshouses (North Wing), Church Lane, Godstone, England
Almshouse cottages, built in early 1900s in Whiteley Village, England
Queens' College, Cambridge, England, almshouses in 1912
Royal Albert Homes, Cambridge, England
Boshuisengasthuis in Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Nieuw Sint-Anthony Gasthuis in Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Swanenburghshof in Gouda, South Holland

In the Middle Ages, the majority of European hospitals functioned as almshouses.

Emergency department

Accident and emergency department (A&E), emergency room (ER), emergency ward (EW) or casualty department, is a medical treatment facility specializing in emergency medicine, the acute care of patients who present without prior appointment; either by their own means or by that of an ambulance.

The main patient area inside the Mobile Medical Unit operated in Belle Chasse, Louisiana
The emergency department at The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
A&E sign in the United Kingdom
UK road sign to a hospital with A&E
Emergency Department of Dartmouth General Hospital
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester
Trilingual signage in French, Dutch and English at an emergency department in Brussels, Belgium

The emergency department is usually found in a hospital or other primary care center.

Children's hospital

Young boy at the St. Louis Children's Hospital
Children's Castle (Lastenlinna), a former children's hospital, that preceded the current New Children's Hospital, Finland, in Helsinki, Finland
The front facade of Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.

A children's hospital is a hospital that offers its services exclusively to infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.


Medical or dental specialty that uses operative manual and instrumental techniques on a person to investigate or treat a pathological condition such as a disease or injury, to help improve bodily function, appearance, or to repair unwanted ruptured areas.

Surgery underway at the Red Cross Hospital in Tampere, Finland during the 1918 Finnish Civil War.
Plates vi & vii of the Edwin Smith Papyrus, an Egyptian surgical treatise
Sushruta, the author of Sushruta Samhita, one of the oldest texts on surgery
Hippocrates stated in the oath (c. 400 BC) that general physicians must never practice surgery and that surgical procedures are to be conducted by specialists
Ambroise Paré (c. 1510–1590), father of modern military surgery.
12th century medieval eye surgery in Italy
Joseph Lister, pioneer of antiseptic surgery
Hieronymus Fabricius, Operationes chirurgicae, 1685
John Syng Dorsey wrote the first American textbook on surgery
An operation in 1753, painted by Gaspare Traversi.

At a hospital, modern surgery is often performed in an operating theater using surgical instruments, an operating table, and other equipment.


Type of health care that focuses on the palliation of a terminally ill patient's pain and symptoms and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs at the end of life.

St Christopher's Hospice in 2005
Hospice Saint Vincent de Paul, Jerusalem
St Thomas Hospice, Canterbury

The modern hospice concept includes palliative care for the incurably ill in institutions as hospitals and nursing homes, along with at-home care.


Establishment that provides paid lodging on a short-term basis.

The Peninsula New York hotel located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street in Manhattan
A typical hotel room with a bed, desk, and television
This hotel room in Scandic Hotel Malmen in Stockholm, Sweden is located two floors underground.
The Tabard Inn, Southwark, London
Tremont House in Boston, United States, a luxury hotel, the first to provide indoor plumbing
The Boody House Hotel in Toledo, Ohio
Four Seasons Hotel Moscow, Russia
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand
Rosewood London, England
Shangri-La's Fijian Resort in Yanuca Island, Fiji
Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Raffles Praslin, Seychelles
Hotel Astoria and statue of Tsar Nicholas I in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Grand Hotel Viljandi at winter in Viljandi, Estonia
Hôtel Ritz Paris in France
Wynn Palace, Macau
Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, China
Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island from Jumeirah Beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge
Railroad Park Resort, a Caboose Hotel in Northern California
On top of the cliff, the Riosol Hotel in Mogán
Interior of a capsule hotel in Osaka, Japan
Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Ithaa, the first undersea restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort
An overwater bungalow on the island resort in the Maldives
The Waldorf Astoria New York, the most expensive hotel ever sold, cost US$1.95 billion in 2014

The word hotel is derived from the French hôtel (coming from the same origin as hospital), which referred to a French version of a building seeing frequent visitors, and providing care, rather than a place offering accommodation.