Hillingdon Hospital

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Hillingdon Hospital
The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Hillingdon Hospital
Hillingdon Hospital is located in London Borough of Hillingdon
Hillingdon Hospital
Location within Hillingdon
LocationHillingdon, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Care systemNHS England
Hospital typeDistrict General
Affiliated universityImperial College London
Brunel University London
Buckinghamshire New University
Emergency departmentYes Accident & Emergency
ListsHospitals in England

Hillingdon Hospital is an NHS hospital, located in Pield Heath Road, Hillingdon, Greater London. It is one of only two hospitals run by the Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the other being Mount Vernon Hospital.


The hospitals has its origins in a workhouse infirmary built in 1838.[1][2] A separate female infirmary was not added until 1907.[2] The facility came under the management of Middlesex County Council in 1929 and the council started to develop the site in 1932.[2] The works included replacing the wooden floors with concrete ones, the wooden ones being too weak to cope with the weight of an operating theatre table and equipment.[3]

The hospital was damaged by bombs in October 1940, causing much damage.[4] There were no casualties, and the hospital was moved to temporary accommodation.[5] This proved to be unpopular, and following the war, the number of beds in the hospital declined owing to a lack of staff.[6] The Medical Director of the time, Dr W. Arklay Steel, was concerned about the poor condition of the hospital.[7] In 1948, when the hospital joined the National Health Service, it consisted of a series of temporary buildings in varying states of disrepair.[8] In 1957, it was agreed to rebuild Hillingdon Hospital and, in 1960, a new maternity wing was opened by the Duchess of Kent.[9]

Sir Arnold France, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, opened the new Hillingdon Hospital on 10 January 1967.[10] It had cost £3.2 million to build. It provided seven new wards, including the provision of some single rooms, outpatients department, imaging department, accident and emergency services, operating theatres and recovery suites, pathology laboratories, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and a canteen. A central vacuum system and piped oxygen were available throughout the hospital.[11]

In December 2008, Bevan Ward was opened. This ward, named in honour of the founder of the NHS, Aneurin Bevan, consisted of three clusters of eight ensuite patient rooms. It was visited in April 2009 by Health Secretary Alan Johnson, who was apparently struck by the high level of patient satisfaction.[12][13] The newly refurbished Fleming Ward opened in November 2009.[14]

An eye clinic at the hospital received an award in August 2010 from the Macular Disease Society for its work in Macular degeneration.[15] An urgent care centre, for non-life threatening injuries, opened at the hospital in 2013.[16]


The hospital has a PALS office based on site[17] and its own hospital radio station (Radio Hillingdon), staffed by volunteers.[18]


Hillingdon hospital has received criticism over the years: in 2003, there was a case of post-mortem desecration of a body.[19] Additionally, a high MRSA hospital infection rate was recorded; and several complaints regarding the expensive parking on site.[20] Hygiene standards have been criticised on several occasions, achieving the dubious award of being 4th worst for hygiene in a survey from the Healthcare Commission.[21]

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  1. ^ Wingfield, p. 30
  2. ^ a b c "Hillingdon Hospital". Lost Hospitals of London. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  3. ^ Wingfield, p. 52
  4. ^ Wingfield, p. 59
  5. ^ Wingfield, p. 61
  6. ^ Wingfield, p. 66
  7. ^ Wingfield, p. 69
  8. ^ Wingfield, p. 70
  9. ^ Wingfield, p. 70
  10. ^ Wingfield, p. 77
  11. ^ Wingfield, p. 78
  12. ^ Hosking, Muriel (15 April 2009). "Bevan ward is state-of-the-art". Uxbridge Gazette. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  13. ^ Coombs, Dan (15 April 2009). "Alan Johnson visits Hillingdon Hospital". Uxbridge Gazette. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  14. ^ Coombs, Dan (4 November 2009). "Refurbished ward opens at Hillingdon Hospital". Uxbridge Gazette. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  15. ^ Coombs, Dan (17 August 2010). "Hospital clinic has its eye on the ball". Uxbridge Gazette. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  16. ^ "Hillingdon Hospital to provide 24-hour urgent care". Get West London. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  17. ^ "What is PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service)?". NHS Choices. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Radio Hillingdon". Hospital Broadcasting Association. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Body desecration in Hillingdon Hospital". BBC. 17 April 2003. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  20. ^ Coombs, Dan (1 April 2009). "Hospitals make thousands in parking charges". Uxbridge Gazette. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  21. ^ Coombs, Dan (15 April 2009). "Row over Hillingdon Hospital 'dirty mop'". Uxbridge Gazette. Retrieved 26 May 2011.


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Coordinates: 51°31′33″N 0°27′40″W / 51.52583°N 0.46111°W / 51.52583; -0.46111