Normansfield Hospital

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Normansfield Hospital (2005)
Normansfield Theatre exterior

Normansfield Hospital was a facility for patients with an intellectual disability situated in Teddington, Middlesex. It was founded in 1868 by John Langdon Down,[1] after whom Down syndrome was named. When he died in 1896, his sons, Reginald and Percival, succeeded him.[1] The hospital closed in 1997 and the building now houses the headquarters of the Down's Syndrome Association.

It was the scene of a 1976 strike by the nursing staff in the Trades Union COHSE.[2] The nurses were angry that the regional health authority had ignored their grievances against consultant psychiatrist Terence Lawlor and demanded that he be suspended. His suspension led to a public inquiry chaired by Michael Sherrard.[3] It was one of many official inquiries into National Health Service (NHS) mental hospitals during that period.[4] COHSE was roundly criticized for a strike over which its officials had broken union rules, misled their membership and then blamed the nurses. The inquiry recommended that Lawlor should be sacked and never allowed to work in the National Health Service again. The same judgement applied to multiple senior nurses and administrators.

The hospital is also known for its Victorian-era Normansfield Theatre.

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  1. ^ a b "Normansfield Hospital". Lost Hospitals of London. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dark Corners of the NHS No 23: Normansfield Hospital". NHS Managers Network. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  3. ^ British Medical Journal
  4. ^ "Official Inquiry Reports into National Health Service Mental Hospitals". The Production and Reproduction of Scandals in Chronic Sector Hospitals 1981 by Amy Munson- Barkshire. Socialist Health Association. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Normansfield Hospital at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°25′12.83″N 0°18′45.22″W / 51.4202306°N 0.3125611°W / 51.4202306; -0.3125611