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, Roehampton Lane - geograph.org.uk - 21029.jpg
Queen Mary's Hospital in 2005
Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton is located in London Borough of Wandsworth
Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton
Location within Wandsworth
LocationRoehampton, London, England
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 systemNHS England
Hospital typeCommunity hospital
Emergency departmentNo

Queen Mary's Hospital, formerly Queen Mary's Convalescent Auxiliary Hospitals, is a community hospital in Roehampton in south-west London. 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, 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]


To ensure full services elsewhere the hospital lacks an Accident and Emergency (A&E) department. For Roehampton's residents and visitors it contains a minor injuries unit for non-life-threatening accidents.[5]


London Buses routes 72, 265, 493, 969, N74 serve the hospital.[6]


British actor James Beck died from pancreatitis at the hospital in 1973.[7]

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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 5 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Get directions to Queen Mary". St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  7. ^ The Times, death notice and obituary, 7 August 1973

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