Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton

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Queen Mary's Hospital
St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Queen Mary’s Hospital, 27 April 2020.jpg
Queen Mary's Hospital in 2020
Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton is located in London Borough of Wandsworth
Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton
Location within Wandsworth
LocationRoehampton Lane, Roehampton, London SW15 5PN, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates51°27′19″N 0°14′32″W / 51.4553°N 0.2422°W / 51.4553; -0.2422Coordinates: 51°27′19″N 0°14′32″W / 51.4553°N 0.2422°W / 51.4553; -0.2422
Care systemNational Health Service
TypeCommunity hospital
Emergency departmentNo
Opened1915; 107 years ago (1915)

Queen Mary's Hospital, formerly Queen Mary's Convalescent Auxiliary Hospitals, is a community hospital in Roehampton in the London Borough of Wandsworth. It is run by St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


A physical rehabilitation session at Queen Mary's Hospital in 1944
Bronze sculpture of Dickie and Sam by Brian Alabaster ARBS outside Queen Mary's Hospital Roehampton

The hospital was founded in 1915, primarily by Mary Eleanor Gwynne-Holford as a military hospital to provide care for wounded soldiers.[1] It was initially based at Roehampton House specialising in the care of amputees and soon became a world-renowned limb fitting and amputee rehabilitation centre.[1] A fully equipped hospital was built on site in the early 1920s, a plastic and oral surgery unit developed by Sir Harold Gillies moved onto the site in 1925 and a Tropical Diseases unit was established for former prisoners of war in 1945.[1]

The hospital joined the National Health Service late (in 1961).[2] Following discovery of significant asbestos, the original site was left in 1983.[2] The Douglas Bader Unit (named after double-amputee RAF pilot Sir Douglas Bader), an established international centre of excellence in the field of research and development of rehabilitation techniques, was opened on the site by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1993.[2]

A major rebuilding programme was procured under the Private Finance Initiative in 2004. The new facilities, designed by P. M. Devereux and built by Bovis Lend Lease at a cost of £55 million,[3] were officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester on 1 November 2006.[1] The hospital has its own museum, opened in 2010 in the main hospital building.[1]

At 00:17 on 16 February 2013 a fire started in Rose ward, a non public access unit. London Fire Brigade rescued its patients; in total 20 people were evacuated. The stop message (from firefighters that no further resources were required) was received at 02:18. London Ambulance Service treated patients affected.[4]


The hospital has a total of 88 beds; 46 for people who have had limb amputations and require neurorehabilitation and 42 for care, treatment and rehabilitation of older people. It does not have an accident and emergency (A&E) department. The Minor Injuries Unit at Queen Mary's is temporarily closed.[5]

The hospital also has three inpatient wards run by the South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.[6]


London Buses routes 265, 419, 493, 969 and N74 serve the hospital, stopping directly outside; and routes 85, 170 and 430 stop on a road behind the hospital.[7]

Barnes station is the closest railway station and is 15–20 minutes walk away.[8]


British actor James Beck died from pancreatitis at the hospital in 1973.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Queen Mary's Hospital". St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Queen Mary's Hospital". Lost Hospitals of London. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  3. ^ "New Queen Mary's Hospital on the way". Richmond and Twickenham Times. 21 May 2004. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Fire reports" (PDF). London Fire Brigade. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Minor injuries unit". St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Queen Mary's University Hospital". South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Get directions to Queen Mary". St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 27 October 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Find us – Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton". NHS.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ The Times, death notice and obituary, 7 August 1973

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