Croydon University Hospital

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Croydon University Hospital (formerly Mayday Hospital)
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
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Location Thornton Heath, London, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type District General
Affiliated university St George's, University of London
King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 670
Founded 1885
Lists Hospitals in England

Croydon University Hospital, known from 1923 to 2010 as Mayday 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 Croydon Workhouse, opened in 1885 in Mayday Road to replace the previous infirmary in Duppas Hill, the workhouse itself having moved to Thornton Heath in 1866.[2] The Croydon Union Infirmary was renamed Mayday Road Hospital in 1923, and was taken over by Croydon Corporation in 1930, and the National Health Service in 1948. The name 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.[3]

The most recent large building project was the Jubilee Wing, opened in December 2004.


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.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Mayday: Name change reflects health shake-up". Croydon Advertiser. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  2. ^ McInnes, Paula; Sparkes, Bill (1990). The Croydon Workhouse. Croydon: Key Croydon/Croydon Society. pp. 5, 33–6. ISBN 0-9512713-2-6. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ NHS leaves one in four mothers alone during labour or childbirth The Guardian

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Coordinates: 51°23′24″N 0°06′36″W / 51.390°N 0.110°W / 51.390; -0.110