Springfield University Hospital

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Coordinates: 51°26′19″N 0°10′36″W / 51.4385°N 0.1766°W / 51.4385; -0.1766

Springfield University Hospital
South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
Springfield Hospital Tooting old building.jpg
Springfield Hospital main building
Location Tooting, London, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type Psychiatric
Affiliated university St George's, University of London
Founded 1840
Website http://www.swlstg-tr.nhs.uk
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Springfield University Hospital (formerly the Springfield Asylum) is a psychiatric hospital in Tooting, South London and also the headquarters of the South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.[1]

Info card for ceremony opening the New Infirmary block on July 7, 1932.

The hospital opened in 1840, as the Surrey County Pauper Lunatic Asylum.[2] The original building was a grand symmetrical red brick Tudor-style composition enclosing a large courtyard, built to the designs of Edward Lapidge, the county surveyor.[3] South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust was formed in 1994 and has, for over 160 years, provided mental health services across south west London serving 1.1 million people in the boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth.

The Trust headquarters are at Springfield University Hospital in Tooting but operates from many other locations, providing community and hospital psychiatric services to Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth. The Trust employs more than 2,000 staff who provide care and treatment to about 20,000 people from south west London and beyond. The Trust works in partnership with colleagues in primary care, local authorities and the non-statutory sector to:

  • Promote mental health and improve awareness of its importance
  • Support people with mental health problems and their families
  • Provide care and treatment to the highest standards
  • Help schools and employers to challenge stigma

The Trust hosts the South West Recovery College which provides a range of educational courses for people with lived mental health experience, their carers and Trust staff. The College uses a recovery based approach to help people recognise and develop their personal resourcefulness and awareness in order to become experts in their self-care, make informed choices and do the things they want to do in life. The College also aims to develop carers and staff to better understand mental health so that they can support people in their recovery journey. The Recovery College was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom and has been adopted by other mental health trusts across the UK and internationally.

A major estate modernisation programme is underway to invest £160 million in the facilities to ensure the Trust's infrastructure and environment is appropriate for 21st century mental health care. These plans will develop new, state-of-the-art inpatient facilities for patients who are most in need, supported by an extensive network of community services to treat people closer to home. It will transform mental health services across south west London and keep us at the forefront of pioneering new treatments, research and care. They will also deliver a broad range of community benefits, including a range of residential accommodation, community facilities, landscaped open space and new public parkland at Springfield, improved accessibility and enhanced transport links.


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