Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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|Kingston Hospital NHS Trust|
|Location||Kingston upon Thames, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Care system||Public NHS|
|Hospital type||District General|
|Affiliated university||Kingston University
University of London
|Emergency department||Yes Accident & Emergency|
|Lists||Hospitals in England|
Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust runs Kingston Hospital, an acute NHS hospital in Kingston upon Thames, South West London. It has an Accident & Emergency Unit, a popular midwife-led Maternity unit, and an STD clinic known as the Wolverton Centre.
The hospital is on the site of the former Kingston Union Workhouse, which was built in 1837-1839 as a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834. An infirmary was built on the site of what is now Regent Wing in 1843. A nurses home complex was built in the north west corner of the site in 1897, which was partially demolished in 1998 to build a car park.
In 1902 the infirmary was separated from the workhouse and named Kingston Infirmary. In 1920 it was renamed Kingston and District Hospital. In 1948, when the NHS was launched, the entire former workhouse site was given over to the hospital, and many of the original buildings were demolished. Esher Wing was built in the 1970s.
In June 2007, the Trust opened a new Surgical Centre with a new 100 bedded facility, housing surgical and gynaecology wards. The centre also houses the physiotherapy department, education centre and the staff and visitor restaurant, The Dining Room.
More recently, in June 2008, the Trust opened the Sir William Rous Unit, for those with cancer or concerned they might have cancer. The unit is run in partnership between, Kingston Hospital, The Royal Marsden Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Support so as to provide care for patients with cancer. A net amount of charitable funds of £5.5 million was raised by a public appeal under the chairmanship of Nigel Clarke. The hospital charity is currently fundraising for its Alzheimer Strategy through a Charity Fundraising Committee, chaired by Serge Lourie, former leader of London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, initially to raise £750,000 to improve the treatment of the increasing number patients suffering from dementia.
Information about the Hospital
The hospital, which is located on one site in Kingston upon Thames, serves approximately 320,000 people in Kingston, Richmond, Roehampton, Putney, East Elmbridge and other parts of South West London. The Trust has approximately 520 beds and directly employs some 2,600 staff with another 300 staff employed by contractors but working on behalf of the Trust. The entire site is non-smoking, as part of an NHS initiative.
The Trust provides a full range of diagnostic and treatment services and focuses on innovative developments in healthcare, particularly in 'patient-focused' care, day surgery and maternity services.
As well as the General Charitable Fund, the hospital also has the KingstonCan appeal, which helped to provide funds for the building of the Sir William Rous Unit, a dedicated cancer unit and also Born Too Soon, which offers support to parents who have a baby being cared for on the Neonatal Unit at Kingston Hospital.