Croydon University Hospital

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Croydon University Hospital (formerly Mayday Hospital)
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
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Croydon University Hospital is located in London Borough of Croydon
Croydon University Hospital
Location within Croydon
Location530 London Road, Thornton Heath CR7 7YE, London, England
Care systemNHS England
TypeDistrict General
Affiliated universitySt George's, University of London
King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry
Emergency departmentYes
OpenedMay 1885; 136 years ago (1885-05)
ListsHospitals in England

Croydon University Hospital, known from 1923 to 2002 as Mayday Hospital and from 2002 to 2010 as Croydon Hospital,[1] is a large NHS hospital in Thornton Heath in south London, England run by Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. It is a District General Hospital with a 24-hour accident and emergency department. The hospital is based on a 19-acre (7.7 ha) site in Thornton Heath to the north of central Croydon.


The hospital's roots are as the infirmary of the Croydon Workhouse opened in Mayday Road by the Rt. Rev. Edward Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury, in May 1885.[2] It replaced the previous infirmary in Duppas Hill.[3] The Croydon Union Infirmary was renamed Mayday Hospital (though usually referred to as Mayday Road Hospital) in June 1923.[4] Under the terms of the Local Government Act 1929, it was taken over by Croydon Corporation in April 1932;[5] and then by the National Health Service in July 1948.[2] The name was changed to Croydon Hospital in 2002 and was changed again to Croydon University Hospital in 2010.[1] The hospital had sometimes been referred to as "Maydie" Hospital, which some felt had been a contributing factor to the rebranding.[6]

A new out-patients department was opened by the Rt. Rev. Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1966 and a new surgical wing was opened by Bernard Weatherill, Speaker of the House of Commons in May 1985.[2] More recently, a large building project was the Jubilee Wing opened by John Reid, the Secretary of State for Health, in December 2004.[2]


Facilities at the hospital include 670 beds, eight operating theatres, a day surgery suite with three theatres, two obstetric theatres and recovery room, and overnight facilities for parents. Croydon Health Services NHS Trust is developing an application for Foundation Trust status. The trust was rated "worse than expected" over care for women giving birth.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "Mayday: Name change reflects health shake-up". Croydon Advertiser. 13 August 2010. Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Mayday University Hospital". Lost Hospitals of London. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  3. ^ McInnes, Paula; Sparkes, Bill (1990). The Croydon Workhouse. Croydon: Key Croydon/Croydon Society. pp. 5, 33–6. ISBN 0-9512713-2-6.
  4. ^ "Queen's Road Homes: Croydon Workhouse's new name". Norwood News. 15 June 1923. p. 6.
  5. ^ "Mayday Hospital: Now under control of Croydon Council". Norwood News. 22 April 1932. p. 8.
  6. ^ Davies, Gareth (8 December 2014). "Croydon University Hospital spent £12,000 on PR campaign, including advert which said it was 'formally' known as 'Maydie'". Croydon Advertiser. Retrieved 8 December 2016.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ NHS leaves one in four mothers alone during labour or childbirth The Guardian

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