Whittington Hospital

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Whittington Health
The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
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Location Magdala Avenue, Archway, Islington, London, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°33′59″N 0°08′22″W / 51.5665°N 0.1395°W / 51.5665; -0.1395Coordinates: 51°33′59″N 0°08′22″W / 51.5665°N 0.1395°W / 51.5665; -0.1395
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type Acute hospital trust
Affiliated university University College London
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 360
Founded 1473 activity on site
1848 current hospital
Website http://www.whittington.nhs.uk/
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The Whittington Hospital is a district general and teaching hospital of UCL Medical School and Middlesex University School of Health and Social Sciences. It is named after Sir Richard Whittington and managed by The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, trading as Whittington Health, an integrated care organisation providing hospital and community health services in the north London boroughs of Islington and Haringey.

Following an inspection in December 2015 of the Trust and its services, Whittington Health was rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission in July 2016 - with caring rated as Outstanding [1] The Trust has a current deficit of £14.8m for the year ending 2015/16 - £265k better than its planned position.[2]


Although medical services have been delivered on the site since the foundation of a a leper colony in 1473, the current hospital has its origins in the Smallpox and Vaccination Hospital, built in 1848. In 1900, a workhouse opened adjacent to the hospital and the former Smallpox and Vaccination Hospital became a nurses' home. Independently managed hospitals were founded on the Archway site in 1877 and the Highgate site in 1866. In 1946, all three hospitals were brought together under the control of the newly formed National Health Service Northern Group Hospital Management Committee. The current hospital on the central St. Mary's site has 360 beds.

City of London Maternity Unit[edit]

A number of other medical facilities have been incorporated into the Whittington Hospital over the years. When the City of London Maternity Hospital was founded in 1750, it was called the Hospital for Married Women in the City of London and parts adjacent and also for sick and lame outpatients. In 1751, it moved and was renamed the City of London Lying-in Hospital for Married Ladies. It moved again in 1773, to premises between St. Luke's Hospital for Lunatics and the Fox and Goose Ale House on the City Road. In 1918, it became the City of London Maternity Hospital and was finally amalgamated with the Whittington Hospital Obstetric Unit in 1983, to form the City of London Maternity Unit.

See also[edit]


  • Information sheets on the walls of the Whittington Hospital accessed in 2005
  • "Our history". The Whittington Hospital. Retrieved 29 August 2014.