Queen Mary's Hospital

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A physical rehabilitation session at Queen Mary's Hospital in 1944

Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton is a hospital in the south west of London, United Kingdom.

History[edit]

The hospital was founded in 1915, primarily by Mary Eleanor Gwynne Holford as a military hospital to provide care for wounded soldiers.[1] From the start it specialised in the care of amputees, and it soon became a world renowned limb fitting and amputee rehabilitation centre. The hospital has its own museum, opened in 2010, located within the main hospital building.

Current operation[edit]

Bronze sculpture of Dickie and Sam by Brian Alabaster ARBS outside Queen Mary's Hospital Roehampton

Following a major rebuilding and modernisation programme, the hospital's new main building was officially opened by His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester on 1 November 2006, alongside the original buildings. The hospital became a unit of the Wandsworth Primary Care Trust. Following the closure of that organisation at the end of March 2014, it joined St George's Healthcare NHS Trust. The hospital now provides general community services in addition to the special services for which it is famous. It has also developed specialisms in urology, sexual healthcare, oncology, burns, and mental healthcare.

Emergencies[edit]

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.[2] The unit treats around 17,000 patients per year.

Associations[edit]

British actor James Beck was rushed to Queen Mary's in 1973,[3] suffering from pancreatitis, and died there three weeks later.

In the 1980s and 1990s the hospital worked closely with the neighbouring Roehampton Institute, now the University of Roehampton, to provide in-service training courses for nurses.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hospital's official history at NHS Trust website.
  2. ^ Referenced at NHS Choices.
  3. ^ The Times, death notice and obituary, 7 August 1973

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°27′19″N 0°14′32″W / 51.4553°N 0.2422°W / 51.4553; -0.2422