St Helier Hospital

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St Helier Hospital and Queen Mary's Hospital for Children
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
St Helier Hospital, Rosehill (geograph 1884008).jpg
St Helier Hospital
St Helier Hospital is located in London Borough of Sutton
St Helier Hospital
Shown in Sutton
Location St Helier, Sutton, London, England, United Kingdom
Care system NHS England
Hospital type District General Hospital
Affiliated university St George's, University of London
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 629
Founded 1938
Lists Hospitals in England

St Helier Hospital (full title: St Helier Hospital and Queen Mary's Hospital for Children) in the London Borough of Sutton is run by Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust along with Epsom Hospital. It is located next to the large St Helier council estate and close to the major intersection known as Rosehill.

The hospital offers a full range of hospital services including a 24-hour accident and emergency department. The site is also home to the South West Renal and Transplantation Service and the Queen Mary's Hospital for Children, a dedicated children's hospital. St Helier Hospital is a major teaching hospital for St George's, University of London, and is a main teaching site for medical degrees.


A ward at St Helier Hospital in 1943
The art deco entrance of St Helier Hospital floodlit at night in 2009

The hospital was commissioned in 1934 when Surrey County Council acquired a 999-year lease of 10 acres of land on the St Helier council estate which had been named in honour of Mary Jeune, Baroness St Helier, a prominent alderman on the London County Council.[1] Queen Mary laid the foundation stone for the new hospital in March 1938.[1] It was designed by Saxon Snell & Phillips, who were chosen for their experience in hospital design, in the thirties modernist style.[2] It received its first patients in February 1941 during Second World War.[1]

Less than a month later, the hospital was damaged in a bombing raid by a parachute mine.[1] John Major, the former Prime Minister was born in the hospital in 1943.[3] Further damage was caused in later raids and the hospital was struck by two flying bombs in June 1944.[4] St Helier Hospital remained functional throughout the War and was painted green to make it less visible to German bombers in the latter years of the war.[5] It joined the National Health Service in 1948.[1]

The Queen Mother visited the hospital in 1963, during the hospital's jubilee year and, in 1987, Diana Princess of Wales opened the new maternity unit.[1] It come under the management of the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust in 1999.

In November 1913, as part of the Better Services Better Value Review of NHS services in London, the Trust proposed the downgrading of the maternity and Accident and Emergency Departments.[6]


The main building is divided into three blocks: A, B and C. The other buildings are:[7]

  • The pathology block (labelled D) which also contains the genitourinary medicine clinic
  • The Women's Health Block (labelled E) (which contains the maternity and gynaecology wards, gynaecology clinics and delivery suite)
  • Ferguson House (labelled F) (contains some outpatient clinics, administration departments and undergraduate teaching suite)
  • Queen Mary's Hospital for Children (labelled J)
  • The renal block (labelled K)

Transport links[edit]

The nearest London Underground station is Morden Underground station, from which there are frequent buses to the hospital via Rose Hill (about 5 minutes walk from the hospital). Some of the buses that stop outside the hospital are the 151, 157 and the S1.[8][9][10] The nearest National Rail station is St Helier station which is slightly less than one mile from the hospital (about a 15-minute walk), although this is infrequently served (only 1 train every 30 minutes off-peak).[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "St Helier Hospital". Lost Hospitals of London. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 
  2. ^ Hyatt, Christine. "A Brief History of St. Helier Hospital". Sutton Local Records and Archives, London Borough of Sutton. 
  3. ^ There is a plaque at the main entrance of the hospital stating this.
  4. ^ Roberts, Zoe (7 May 2010). "History of St.Helier Hospital The first Foundation stone". Sutton Local Records and Archives, London Borough of Sutton. 
  5. ^ "Epsom and St Helier NHS trust – Our Story". St Helier Hospital. Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "GPs vote against closure of local A&E". Pulse. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Site map". Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS TRust. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 
  8. ^ "Bus timetable: 151 from Shotfield to Worcester Park". Transport for London. Retrieved 5 June 2018. 
  9. ^ "Bus timetable: 157 towards Morden Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 5 June 2018. 
  10. ^ "Bus timetable: S1 from Banstead". Transport for London. Retrieved 5 June 2018. 
  11. ^ "St Helier London Rail Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Peacock, D. Two O'Clock at the Gate: A Nurses Training During the Fifties. Victoria, BC: Trafford, 2008. ISBN 1-4251-6249-5.

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Coordinates: 51°22′49″N 0°11′01″W / 51.3803°N 0.1836°W / 51.3803; -0.1836