The Archive & Museum Group of Queen Mary’s Hospital Roehampton today launched its new exhibition entitled “A Very Special Hospital 1960-1998”, in the Reception area on the Lower Ground Floor. It was opened by Di Caulfield –Stoker, Divisional Chair, Community Services Wandsworth before the Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Adrian Knowles, the Leader of the Council Ravi Govindia and 70 past and present patients, staff and Friends of the Hospital.

It replaced “Repairing the Ravages of War 1915-1960” and covers its period as a District General Hospital largely serving the local community.

Gordon Jones, chairman of the Queen Mary’s Hospital archive and museum group, said:

“The Archive & Museum Group’s mission is to maintain awareness of the hospital’s distinguished reputation past and present. We archive for 3 main reasons, therapy for patients, preservation of our heritage and encouraging the use of volunteers from the community.

“The exhibition makes use of historic cine film, artefacts, photographs and 120 oral history recordings. More than 20 volunteer members of the Group have been involved and we are very pleased with the result.”

Subject to the needs of the hospital, the public are invited to visit.

Queen Mary's Hospital archive and museum exhibition, "A Very Special Hospital 1960-1998".

Queen Mary’s Hospital archive and museum exhibition, “A Very Special Hospital 1960-1998”.

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About St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust
  • St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare providers in the country. Its main site, St George’s Hospital in Tooting – one of the country’s principal teaching hospitals – is shared with St George’s, University of London, which trains medical students and carries out advanced medical research. As well as acute hospital services, the trust provides a wide variety of specialist and community hospital based care and a full range of community services to children, adults, older people and people with learning disabilities. These services are provided from Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, 11 health centres and clinics, schools and nurseries, patients’ homes and Wandsworth Prison.
  • St George’s Hospital, Tooting, is one of London’s four major trauma centres. In 2011/12 the emergency department at St George’s Hospital treated an average 447 patients each day, with 95.06 per cent of patients being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.
  • St George’s Hospital is one of eight hyper acute stroke units in London. The trust’s stroke services were rated as the best in the country by the National Sentinel Audit 2010, and in the top four in 2011.
  • St George’s Hospital has one of the biggest and busiest of the eight heart attack centres in London. The heart attack centre at St George’s Hospital was rated as having the best response rate for treating heart attack patients in London in the 2012 Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP).
  • The trust is an accredited centre of excellence for trauma, neurology, cardiology and cancer services, and the national centre for family HIV care and bone marrow transplantation for non-cancer diseases.