Scunthorpe General Hospital

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Scunthorpe General Hospital
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Rear of the hospital
Scunthorpe General Hospital is located in Lincolnshire
Scunthorpe General Hospital
Shown in Lincolnshire
LocationCliff Gardens, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 7BH, United Kingdom
Coordinates53°35′13″N 0°40′01″W / 53.587°N 0.667°W / 53.587; -0.667Coordinates: 53°35′13″N 0°40′01″W / 53.587°N 0.667°W / 53.587; -0.667
Care systemPublic NHS
FundingGovernment hospital
Hospital typeDistrict General
Affiliated universityNHS North Lincolnshire
Emergency departmentYes Accident & Emergency
WebsiteNHS Directory
ListsHospitals in the United Kingdom

Scunthorpe General Hospital is the main hospital for North Lincolnshire. It is situated on Church Lane in the west of Scunthorpe, off Kingsway (A18), and north of the railway. A & E is at the far north of the site, accessed via Highfield Avenue, off Doncaster Road (A1029). As well as North Lincolnshire, it also serves Gainsborough. It is managed by Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.



In the 1850s when the steel industry was forming, if there were serious accidents at work, men were taken by horse and cart to the ferry at New Holland and then on to Hull.[1] In the late 1800s makeshift facilities were set up in Frodingham Town Hall.[1]

After the First World War, the need for a hospital became increasingly urgent when the town increased in size after the Appleby-Frodingham Steel Company was formed.[1] Lord St Oswald, who had owned land on which the steelworks were built, donated land off Doncaster Road for a hospital to be built.[1]


In the late 1920s, at long last, work gathered pace to build a hospital. Subscriptions from local workmen were collected and local fundraising took place. Each year there was the Annual Hospital Carnival. The Scunthorpe and District War Memorial Hospital opened on 5 December 1929.[1] It cost £65,000 and had 72 beds. For the first year, the running of the hospital cost around £13,000. By 1931 the beds increased to 86 and X-ray equipment was installed. On 26 October 1933 the nurses home was opened by Prince George, Duke of Kent, costing £15,000, with training facilities recognised by the General Nursing Council for England and Wales.[1]


In 1935 it increased to 130 beds, with wards named after Appleby Frodingham, Lysaght's, Redbourn, Firth Brown and Winn – the local steel companies, who were funding half the hospital's costs. In-patients cost 7s 5d per day. Further expansion, including the outpatients, was planned in mid-1939, and completed in 1942, being opened on 15 July 1942 by Ernest Brown, the Minister of Health, and cost £110,000.[1]


On 5 July 1948 Scunthorpe War Memorial Hospital became part of the NHS, administered by Scunthorpe Hospital Management Committee (SHMC), which also controlled Scunthorpe Maternity Home, Brumby Hospital and Glanford Hospital Brigg.[1] Prior to the NHS, most of the funding came from the Appleby-Frodingham Steel Company.[1]

The Coronation Wing Block, with 165 beds, was opened on 15 July 1966. The name was changed to Scunthorpe General Hospital in 1971.[2] In June 1974 the hospital had its worst incident (Britain's biggest peacetime explosion) to deal with when the Nypro caprolactam plant at Flixborough exploded. A year later there was a serious accident at the steelworks in November 1975, killing several people.[3] Then, in May 1982, a stand holding 800 people at Normanby Hall, for It's a Knockout, collapsed seriously injuring 60 people.[4]

A new £2.5 million three-storey A & E unit was built in the late 1980s. On 19 May 1993 a new wing was opened by the Queen, in a tour of south Humberside, known as the Queen's Building.[5]

Hospital radio[edit]

Staff car park seen from the railway, near Brumby Hall

The origin of the current Hospital Radio service was in 1951 when John Tock recorded a commentary on a tape recorder of a football match at the Old Showground between Scunthorpe United and Accrington Stanley. Once the final whistle had sounded, he cycled up to the then War Memorial Hospital and played the tape back on the wards. It was such a success that he continued to do it until eventually live broadcasts began from a dedicated commentary box – direct to the hospital. A music request show followed, initially from a studio at the top of a lift shaft. In 1979 the existing studio building was opened, with an extension including a new studio being added in 2000. This was officially opened by the Duke of Edinburgh on 31 July 2002 during a visit to Scunthorpe for the Golden Jubilee Celebrations.[6]

Scunthorpe Hospital Radio is a member station of The Hospital Broadcasting Association. Sean Dunderdale, Director of Programming at Lincs FM, began at the station, and still belongs to the station.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Gowers, F (1 March 1974). "A History of Scunthorpe General Hospital and how the Iron And Steel Works and Workers and Trade Unions helped". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Scunthorpe General Hospital, Scunthorpe". National Archives. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  3. ^ Richardson, J. W. (1974). "Disaster Planning: Proceedings of a Symposium Held at the Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar". Bristol: John Wright & Sons.
  4. ^ "A wood-and-steel grandstand collapsed Monday, injuring 36 of 500". UPI. 3 May 1982. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Court Circular". The Independent. 20 May 1993. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Flashback to when the Duke of Edinburgh visited Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire". Scunthorpe Telegraph. 2 August 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Sean Dunderdale". Lincs FM. Retrieved 31 October 2018.

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