Whittington Hospital

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Whittington Hospital
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Whittington Hospital Magdala Avenue N19 5NF - geograph.org.uk - 1062222.jpg
The main entrance on Magdala Avenue
Whittington Hospital is located in London Borough of Islington
Whittington Hospital
Location within Islington
LocationUpper Holloway, London, N19
United Kingdom
Coordinates51°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 systemNHS England
TypeAcute hospital trust
Affiliated universityUniversity College London
Emergency departmentYes
Opened1473 activity on site
1848 current hospital

Whittington Hospital is a district general and teaching hospital of UCL Medical School and Middlesex University School of Health and Social Sciences. Located in Upper Holloway, it is managed by Whittington Health NHS Trust, operating as Whittington Health, an integrated care organisation providing hospital and community health services in the north London boroughs of Islington and Haringey. The former smallpox hospital, now known as the Jenner Building, is a Grade II listed building.[1]


The former smallpox hospital viewed from the south
The former smallpox hospital viewed from the east

The first hospital on the site was St Anthony's Chapel and Lazar House, a facility built for lepers in 1473.[2] It closed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the mid-16th century.[2]

The current hospital has its origins in the Small Pox and Vaccination Hospital, built in 1848.[3] It was designed by the architect Samuel Daukes as one of two isolation hospitals in London (the other was the London Fever Hospital in Liverpool Road) intended to care for smallpox patients during the epidemic at that time.[4]

After smallpox treatment services transferred to Clare Hall Manor at South Mimms in 1896, a large new infirmary building was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of York as the Highgate Hill Infirmary in 1900.[3] It became the Islington Infirmary in 1914 and it was taken over by the London County Council in 1930 and renamed St Mary's Hospital.[3]

In 1948 St Mary's Hospital (subsequently known as St Mary's Wing) amalgamated with the Highgate Hospital (subsequently known as the Highgate Wing) and the Archway Hospital (subsequently known as the Archway Wing) to form Whittington Hospital.[3] The combined facility was named after Sir Richard Whittington, an English merchant, who had left a large sum to charitable causes supporting people in need.[5]

In 1977, a new block containing accident and emergency and outpatient facilities opened on the St Mary's Wing site.[3] Further expansion took place when patients from the former City of London Maternity Hospital transferred to the St Mary's Wing site in 1983.[6] The Great Northern Building, containing modern wards and education facilities, was completed on the St Mary's Wing site in 1992.[3]

In 1998, the Archway Wing was sold to University College London and Middlesex University allowing them to form the Archway campus[7] and, in 2004, the Highgate Wing was chosen by Camden and Islington Community NHS Trust as the site for Highgate Mental Health Centre.[8]

With all clinical activities being consolidated on the former St Mary's Wing site, a new clinical block and main entrance on Magdala Avenue were procured under the private finance initiative contract.[9] The works, which were undertaken by Jarvis Construction at a cost of £30 million, were completed in 2006.[10]


Four-hour target in the emergency department quarterly figures from NHS England Data from https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/

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.[11] The Trust has a current deficit of £5.9m for the year ending 2016/17 – £200k worse than its planned position.[12]

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  1. ^ Historic England. "F Block, St Mary's Wing, Whittington Hospital (1195634)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Whittington Hospital". Living in Archway. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "St Mary's Hospital". Lost Hospitals of London. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  4. ^ "The London Fever Hospital". The Spectator. 12 January 1924. p. 14. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Charitable Trusts". Worshipful Company of Mercers. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  6. ^ "City of London Maternity Hospital". Lost Hospitals of London. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Archway Campus site background". The Governors of the Peabody Trust. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  8. ^ Foot, Tom (17 March 2011). "Lost souls beyond a plush entrance to Highgate Mental Health Centre". Camden New Journal. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Jarvis wins £80m Whittington work". Evening Standard. 12 November 2001. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Further setback at hospital delayed by Jarvis troubles". Building. 13 January 2006. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Whittington Health rated as "Good" by CQC". whittington.nhs.uk. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Trust Board Papers". The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2018.

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