Salisbury District Hospital

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Salisbury District Hospital
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Salisbury District Hospital, main entrance.JPG
Main Entrance viewed from west
Location Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Coordinates 51°02′42″N 1°47′17″W / 51.045°N 1.788°W / 51.045; -1.788Coordinates: 51°02′42″N 1°47′17″W / 51.045°N 1.788°W / 51.045; -1.788
Care system NHS England
Hospital type District General
Emergency department Yes
Beds 455
Founded 1991

Salisbury District Hospital is a hospital near Britford, serving the nearby city of Salisbury in Wiltshire, England.

Before it was opened, there were three Salisbury hospitals: Salisbury Infirmary in Fisherton Street near the centre of the city; Newbridge Hospital, dealing with conditions of old age, on the southern edge of the city; and Odstock Hospital, 1 12 miles (2.4 km) south of the city centre. They were amalgamated into Salisbury District Hospital when it opened on the Odstock site in 1991.


Salisbury Infirmary[edit]

The Salisbury Infirmary had a long history as a hospital. The first Lord Feversham, who died in 1763, left a sum of £500 towards the establishment of a county hospital and at a general meeting on 23 September 1766 a committee was established. The Earl of Pembroke was nominated as visitor, the Earl of Radnor as president, and Robert Cooper as treasurer, while Dr Henry Hele and Dr Jacob were appointed as physicians. A site was purchased and the existing houses on it were opened for the reception of patients on 2 May 1767. Meanwhile, plans were drawn up by John Wood, the Younger of Bath for a new building on the site with over 100 beds. When the new building was completed and opened in 1771, the existing houses were removed.[1]

When the Infirmary closed it contained general surgical and medical wards, an ophthalmology ward, a private ward, an extensive outpatient department, two general operating theatres and an intensive care unit. It was in this ICU that the Thin Lizzy singer Phil Lynott died from an alcohol/drugs related illness in January 1986.[2]

Odstock Hospital[edit]

The first Odstock Hospital was constructed in the parish of Britford by the United States of America to treat American troops who were stationed in the Salisbury area during the Second World War. Prior to the opening of the new Salisbury District Hospital on the site in 1991, Odstock accommodated a number of specialities, including orthopaedics, ear nose and throat, obstetrics and gynaecology, and rehabilitation. The hospital was renowned during the latter part of the 20th century for its pioneering work in plastic surgery and the treatment of burns.

Present day[edit]

The Hospital is now part of the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.

The Salisbury District Hospital has developed greatly over the years opening many specialist units and general wards. The hospital houses one of the 11 specialist spinal injury treatment centres based in the UK; as well as having dedicated wards for Orthopaedics, Spinal Injuries, Burns, Intensive Care, Coronary Care, Cardiology, Stroke, Palliative Care, Plastic Surgery, Surgery, Oncology, Haematology, Respiratory Medicine, Paediatrics, Intensive Care, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Ear/Nose and Throat, Medical Assessment, Elderly Medical Assessment, Acute Medicine and Rehabilitation. The hospital has a number of specialist outpatient services, including Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Oral Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery and the longest running Skin Laser Clinic in the country.[3] There is also a day surgery unit, a full range of radiological facilities, full pathological and microbiological laboratories. The Emergency Department at the hospital was rated highly in the country in recent surveys.

The hospital is currently investing in the building of a new Cardiac Investigation Unit for the treatment of emergency and non-emergency cardiac conditions, which will prevent the majority of cardiac emergencies needing to be transported to Southampton General Hospital after initial treatment in Salisbury. The Hospital is additionally refurbishing parts of the hospital. New library and administration offices have been opened; a new paediatric ward and paediatric outpatients are being built; and the A&E Department is being extended and refurbished – a new modern and newly equipped Resuscitation Room is now in use. A new waiting room, paediatrics area and modernisation of the other areas are still ongoing.

The hospital has strong links to Bournemouth University for the practical education of advanced diploma and degree level student nurses; as well as providing a training location for students of radiography and physiotherapy from the University of the West of England.

The Wessex Regional Genetics Service (WRGL) has a laboratory within the main hospital building.


In March 2018, retired Colonel Sergei Skripal (he was an agent for Russia who then provided assistance to Britain and was caught and imprisoned by Russia, and later freed in a spy swap), and his daughter, Yulia, were taken to Salisbury District Hospital after they were found poisoned by an as-yet unknown substance by an as-yet unknown individual or group, though initial speculation concerns thallium, or possibly a chemical spray or inhaled agent.[4] His case has drawn comparisons to the poisoning death of Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Richard Hoare, History of Modern Wiltshire, Volume VI, City of Salisbury (ed. Benson and Hatcher), London 1843
  2. ^ "BBC ON THIS DAY | 4 | 1986: Thin Lizzy star dies". Retrieved 2016-10-06. 
  3. ^ "Salisbury Laser Clinic - Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust". Retrieved 2016-10-06. 
  4. ^ Dearden, Dearden (7 March 2018). "Sergei Skripal poisoning: Investigators 'know more' about substance used against Russian spy and daughter, Home Secretary says". MSN. Retrieved 8 March 2018. 

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