Media Release

Year in numbers: QEH reflects on busiest year in its history

For The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn (QEH) – and the wider NHS – 2021 has been a year like no other in which it has faced a level of pressure never seen or experienced before.

QEH has more than responded to these challenges, pulling together as one team and continuing its commitment to providing the best possible care for patients and their families – and making a number of important achievements to be proud of along the way.

In 2021, QEH:

  • Delivered 115,000 vaccinations
  • Invested over £30 million into our hospital estate
  • Saw 71,940 patients in the Emergency Department
  • Wore 19.94 million items of PPE
  • Gave 120,000 Radiology scans
  • 1,970 babies born
  • Served 437,040 patient meals
  • Enrolled 1,692 patients onto research trials
  • Carried out 8,743 operations
  • Our staff worked 179,673 hours per week

Caroline Shaw CBE, Chief Executive at QEH said: “These numbers are just one way to demonstrate the scale of what we have achieved at QEH over the last year. I’m proud that despite facing many pressures, Team QEH has pulled together and their dedication and focus has enabled us to move one step closer to achieving our ambition to become the best rural District General Hospital for patient and staff experience.”


For further information please contact Sophie Goodwin, Communications and Engagement Manager, 01553 613216 or