St Mary Abbot's Hospital
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St Mary Abbot's Hospital, Marloes Road, Kensington, London, functioned from 1871 to 1992. Although closed as a hospital, it still has an Ear Nose and Throat department specifically dealing with hearing aids.
The area has been rebuilt as luxury apartments, in a gated community known as Stone Hall Gardens. Some of the original 1847 main building survives.
Historical background of the site
From 1846 to 1869 the site housed the Kensington Parish Workhouse. The architect Alfred Williams (1832–1922) was given the commission for the buildings.
It was badly bombed in WW2 which resulted in an open bomb site within the hospital grounds. It had medical and surgical wards. The medical wards held forty beds and included dementia patients. The grounds contained two nurses homes one for the incoming trainees and one for nurses who had completed the three month preliminary training and a nurses training school. There were operating suites a laboratory with area for postmortems, emergency dept and out patients. There was an administration building which also held doctors quarters. Everything was spread out over quite a large area. The SMAH school of Midwifery was also in the grounds. I trained there from 1956 to 1960.
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