Royal Oldham Hospital

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Royal Oldham Hospital
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Location Oldham,, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Founded c.1870 (as a workhouse infirmary)
Lists Hospitals in England

The Royal Oldham Hospital is a NHS hospital in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. It forms part of Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and was opened with its present name on 1 December 1989. Its services are commissioned by NHS Oldham.

Formerly known as Oldham and District General Hospital, the hospital lies within the Coldhurst area of Oldham on the boundary with Royton.[1] It was the birthplace of Louise Brown, the world's first successful in vitro fertilised "test tube baby", on 25 July 1978.

The hospital also has its own radio station, known as Radio Cavell.


The Royal Oldham Hospital is formed by a collection of buildings built in succession since 1851 along Rochdale Road. Its earliest parts exist from the site's time as a local workhouse, having been named Oldham Union Workhouse; Oldham's main hospital was then on the current site of Oldham Sixth Form College.

Former names[edit]

The former names of the Royal Oldham Hospital are:

  • Oldham Union Workhouse (1851–1913)
  • Westwood Park Poor Law Institution (1913–1930)
  • Boundary Park Hospital (1930–ca. 1938)
  • Oldham Municipal Hospital (ca. 1938–1942)
  • Boundary Park General Hospital (1943–1947)
  • Boundary Park Municipal Hospital (1948–1949)
  • Boundary Park General Hospital (1950–1955)
  • Oldham and District General Hospital (1955–1989)

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Coordinates: 53°33′10″N 2°07′22″W / 53.5528°N 2.1227°W / 53.5528; -2.1227