New End Hospital

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New End Hospital was a hospital in Hampstead, north London. It was founded in 1800 as the Hampstead Union workhouse, and operated until 1986. The buildings have now been redeveloped as housing.

History[edit]

New End Hospital was founded in 1800 by the Hampstead Board of Guardians, originally as a poorhouse, and was rebuilt in 1845.[1] It was taken over by London County Council in 1930, at which time it had 260 beds. Sir Thomas Peel Dunhill established a Thyroid Clinic in 1931 for the treatment of patients suffering from toxic goitre and myasthenia gravis.[2]

Until the outbreak of World War I, New End Hospital's patients included the unemployed, homeless, and unmarried mothers, and their children. It also had an infirmary for the treatment of psychiatric patients. During the World War I New End Hospital was primarily used for the treatment of wounded and shell-shocked soldiers.

The hospital was taken over by the London County Council in 1930, and became well known as a centre for endocrinology. It remained in use until 1986, when it was sold and the proceeds used to fund the redevelopment of Queen Mary's Maternity Home.

The former hospital mortuary became the New End Theatre before closing in 2011. The mortuary was formerly linked to the hospital across the road by a tunnel.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Royal Free Hospital Archives Centre, accessed 2 October 2013
  2. ^ "New End Hospital". LOST HOSPITALS OF LONDON. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 

Coordinates: 51°33′30″N 0°10′40″W / 51.55833°N 0.17778°W / 51.55833; -0.17778