Historical photo project launched as Hillingdon Hospital marks 50th anniversary

Patients being treated in the physiotherapy gym, 1970s/80s. Patients being treated in the physiotherapy gym, 1970s/80s.

As Hillingdon Hospital celebrates its 50th anniversary, former patients, visitors and staff are being asked to share their memories.

The hospital in its current form, to the south side of Pield Heath Road, Hillingdon, was formally opened in January 1967, and has been serving the people of Hillingdon borough and beyond ever since.

It is now part of the Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, anyone with photographs taken at the hospital during the past five decades is being asked to share them with the community.

Pictures can show anything that captures a moment in the hospital’s history: staff training; daily life on the wards; a special event; a visit to a friend or loved-one; or can simply show buildings and the changing face of the hospital.

They will be shared on Twitter and Facebook and in hospital publications.

A historical publication by Howard Wingfield, written for the hospital, explained its beginnings.

“Described at the time as one of the finest new hospital developments in the country the opening of what was intended a phase one of a three phase development was, according to the chairman of the Regional Board, 'a great occasion'”, it stated.

Pictured below: The iconic tower block under construction, mid-1960s

Hillingdon Hospital old photo 2

“After so many years of set-backs and disappointments this impressive new building stood, not only as a valuable addition to the hospital, but as testimony to those who over some 200 years had served the community through the history of both workhouse and hospital.

“The £3.2million building provided seven new wards each of thirty beds comprising six four-bedded and six single rooms.

“Piped oxygen and vacuum was available throughout. In addition, there was an Out-Patient Department on two floors; an Accident & Emergency Department with twin theatre suite, recovery and observation wards; an X-Ray Department with eight diagnostic rooms and dark room; Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Units with gymnasium and hydrotherapy pool; Pharmacy, Pathology and Dental departments.

“The building also provided central Kitchens and dining room, a Chapel and Central Sterile Service Supply Department. The new boiler-house complex on the north site incorporated a new incineration plant.”

Guidance on pictures from the hospital:

Pictures, preferably digital, can be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Prints can be sent to: Communications Department, The Hillingdon Hospital, Pield Heath Road, Hillingdon UB8 3NN. Please do not send valuable or sentimental pictures, as the Trust unfortunately cannot take responsibility for any pictures lost in the post. All pictures will be returned.

When sending your picture, please state when and where taken and what it depicts. Please include name, address, telephone number and an email address if you have one.

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