Greenwich District Hospital

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Greenwich District Hospital
Greenwich Healthcare NHS Trust
Location Vanbrugh Hill, Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates Coordinates: 51°29′07″N 0°0′33″E / 51.48528°N 0.00917°E / 51.48528; 0.00917
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type District General
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 650
Founded 1970
Closed 2001
Lists Hospitals in England

Greenwich District Hospital was an acute district general hospital situated in the Maze Hill district of Greenwich, London. It was built in the 1960s on the site of St Alfege's Hospital, Greenwich.

In order to build a hospital with a large enough capacity for the requirements of the local population (up to 800 beds) on a small site (less than 8 acres), a single large building was designed - Pevsner described it as "an unusually large enterprise to be undertaken by the Department of Health and Social Security (chief architect: W. E. Tatton Brown)".[1]

The wards were located around the outside of the building, to receive natural light, while other departments such as operating theatres and laboratories were situated in the centre. The engineering services were contained in gaps between the floor and ceiling of each pair of storeys, so that maintenance work could be carried out without disruption to the running of the clinical areas of the hospital. The interior design was based on large, open areas which maximised the use of the available space, and which could be altered to match changing demands. The entire hospital was ventilated artificially to improve air quality.

The hospital closed in 2001, and its services were moved to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich. Some scenes from the film About A Boy were filmed in the closed hospital prior to its demolition in 2006.[2]

An adjacent health centre - described by Pevsner as "an ugly A-frame with forceful raking struts"[1] - remained in operation until 2015 when replacement facilities opened on the site of the former hospital. The health centre has since been demolished.

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  1. ^ a b Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget (1983). Issue 25 of Buildings of England: London 2: South. Yale University Press. pp. 252–253. ISBN 9780300096514. 
  2. ^ "Hospitals". Derelict London. 

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