Queen Mary's Hospital

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Queen Mary's Hospital
St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton Lane - geograph.org.uk - 21029.jpg
Queen Mary's Hospital in 2005
Queen Mary's Hospital is located in London Borough of Wandsworth
Queen Mary's Hospital
Location within Wandsworth
Location Roehampton, London, England
Coordinates 51°27′19″N 0°14′32″W / 51.4553°N 0.2422°W / 51.4553; -0.2422Coordinates: 51°27′19″N 0°14′32″W / 51.4553°N 0.2422°W / 51.4553; -0.2422
Care system NHS England
Hospital type Community hospital
Emergency department No
Founded 1915

Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton is a community hospital in the south west of London, United Kingdom operated by the St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


A physical rehabilitation session at Queen Mary's Hospital in 1944
Bronze sculpture of Dickie and Sam by Brian Alabaster ARBS outside Queen Mary's Hospital Roehampton

The hospital was founded in 1915, primarily by Mary Eleanor Gwynne-Holford as a military hospital to provide care for wounded soldiers.[1] It was initially based at Roehampton House specialising in the care of amputees, and it soon became a world-renowned limb fitting and amputee rehabilitation centre.[1] A fully equipped hospital was built on site in the early 1920s, a plastic and oral surgery unit developed by Sir Harold Gillies moved onto the site in 1925 and a Tropical Diseases unit was established for former prisoners of war in 1945.[1]

The hospital did not join the National Health Service until 1961.[2] Following the discovery of asbestos, the hospital vacated Roehampton House completely in 1983.[2] The Douglas Bader Unit, an established international centre of excellence in the field of research and development of rehabilitation techniques, was opened on the site by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1993.[2]

A major rebuilding programme was procured under the Private Finance Initiative in 2004. The new facilities, which were designed by P. M. Devereux and built by Bovis Lend Lease at a cost of £55 million,[3] were officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester on 1 November 2006.[1] The hospital has its own museum, opened in 2010, located within the main hospital building.[1]

At 00:17 on 16 February 2013 a fire started in Rose ward, a secure unit at the hospital. London Fire Brigade rescued patients on the ward and 20 staff and patients were evacuated. The stop message (a message from the appliances that means no further resources are required) was received at 02:18, two hours after the fire was discovered. London Ambulance Service also attended and treated patients involved in the fire. Six reports of the fire were received in the London Fire Brigades control room.[4]


The hospital has no accident and emergency department, but does contain a minor injuries unit providing treatment following non life-threatening accidents within the Roehampton community.[5]


British actor James Beck died from pancreatitis at the hospital in 1973.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Queen Mary's Hospital". St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Queen Mary's Hospital". Lost Hospitals of London. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  3. ^ "New Queen Mary's Hospital on the way". Richmond and Twickenham Times. 21 May 2004. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Fire reports" (PDF). London Fire Brigade. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Minor Injuries Unit". St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  6. ^ The Times, death notice and obituary, 7 August 1973

External links

  • Wandsworth Primary Care Trust
  • Roehampton Clinic
  • Queen Marys Hospital (Roehampton) Amputee service information
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