Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital

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The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital
Buckinghamshire Group
Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital
Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital is located in Buckinghamshire
Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital
Shown in Buckinghamshire
LocationAylesbury,, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates51°49′15″N 0°48′58″W / 51.8207°N 0.8160°W / 51.8207; -0.8160Coordinates: 51°49′15″N 0°48′58″W / 51.8207°N 0.8160°W / 51.8207; -0.8160
Care systemPrivate
Hospital typeSpecialist
Emergency departmentNo Accident & Emergency
SpecialitySpinal cord injury, Stroke, Acquired Brain Injury
ListsHospitals in England

The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital (colloquially called the Royal Bucks) is a private hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. It is a Grade II listed building.[1]


The hospital was established, by adding new wings to an 18th-century country house, in 1832.[2] The facility was extensively remodeled to a design by David Brandon using a pavilion layout which was heavily influenced by Florence Nightingale through her brother-in-law, Sir Harry Verney of Claydon House.[3] She said that "it will be the most beautiful hospital in England."[3] The new hospital was opened as the Buckinghamshire General Infirmary in 1862.[3]

It is thought that the hospital became "Royal" after the Prince of Wales received treatment there in the late 19th century.[3] A new wing, the foundation stone for which was laid by Lord Rothschild, followed in 1905.[3]

Following the expansion of the Stoke Mandeville Hospital nearby, the Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital joined the National Health Service as a maternity hospital in 1948.[4] It became a private hospital in 1994 and, after acquisition by Affinity Care Homes[5] and an extensive subsequent refurbishment, it reopened as a facility for the treatment of patients with spinal cord, acquired brain injury and other neurological conditions in 2013.[3]

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  1. ^ Historic England. "Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital (1276814)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  2. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Williamson, Elizabeth; Brandwood, Geoffrey K. (1994). Buckinghamshire. Pevsner Architectural Guides. p. 156. ISBN 978-0140710625.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "New funding boosts investment programme for the Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital". Santander. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  4. ^ McDonald, Lynn (2005). Florence Nightingale and Hospital Reform. 16. Wilfrid Laurier. p. 640. ISBN 978-0889204713.
  5. ^ "Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital reopens with new owners". BBC. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2018.