In Austria there is a big hospital called General hospital (Allgemeines Krankenhaus) with general meaning that in that hospital many different diseases are being treated.

Is there a word better than general and universal to describe a hospital, where virtually every possible ailment is treated?

  • Have a look at this wikipedia article. It seems like general hospital is the term you are looking for. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hospital#Types
    – Helmar
    Commented Aug 27, 2016 at 15:40
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    **General hospital" is the term in the U.S., e.g., Massachusetts General. Mobile-friendly - Massachusetts General Hospital is named the #1 hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report ... Commented Aug 27, 2016 at 18:56

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In the UK, these are indeed called General Hospitals. Here's one I know of...

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Image from Brighton Argus

  • This term is not unknown in the United States either. It's not the exclusive term -- eg. A hospital won't necessarily have the word general in its name -- but it is used to an extent. Commented Aug 27, 2016 at 19:29

Check super hospital.

From M-W:

super- prefix

Simple Definition of super- : bigger, better, or more important than others of the same kind

Full Definition of super-

1 a (1) : over and above : higher in quantity, quality, or degree than : more than (2) : in addition : extra

b (1) : exceeding or so as to exceed a norm

c : surpassing all or most others of its kind

4 : constituting a more inclusive category than that specified

From TFD:

super hospital

A mega-medical centre in the UK (e.g., Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham), built under a private finance initiative (PFI), to provide tertiary care services within the same complex.

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