Paddington Green Children’s Hospital

Hospital in/near Edgware Road, existed between 1883 and 1987

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The Paddington Green Children’s Hospital opened in August 1883.

In 1862 Drs Eustace Smith and T.C. Kirby established the North West London Free Dispensary for Sick Children at 12 Bell Street, Edgware Road, as a charity for children of the poor. The Dispensary provided medical treatment for any child without notice or recommendation.

The premises at Bell Street soon became too small and, in the early 1880s, £7,000 was raised to buy two houses in Church Street on the northeast corner of Paddington Green. These were converted into a hospital.

The Paddington Green Children’s Hospital opened in August 1883. In 1888 an iron hut was built in the grounds to serve as an Out-Patients Department and waiting room.

By 1892 the Hospital had 27 beds for boys up to the age of 12 years and girls up to the age of 14. In 1893 a serious outbreak of diphtheria, the source of which could not be traced, caused the Hospital to close and the main buildings to be demolished. It was then discovered that two old cesspits nearby appeared to be the cause of the outbreak.

The Hospital had moved temporarily to a house a few minutes walk from Harrow station, while plans were made to build a new hospital building on the original site. A convalescent home was established at Paddington Cottage in Wembley (this soon closed as it was in ’unfit condition’).

In the meantime plans were made for the new Hospital building, but these had to be modified as the County Council did not allow the line of frontage suggested. A few builders were then selected but the bids were in far excess of the estimated cost of £10,500, so the architects were asked to modify the plans again. The building was made slightly smaller with no porch or other non-essentials. The accepted bid came to about £11,000 and a contract was signed.

Temporary administrative offices for the Hospital opened at 28 Paddington Green. The Out-Patients Department continued to function but had to close for one month to be connected to the new Hospital building. It was not possible for operations to be carried out at Harrow, so patients were treated at other hospitals and then convalesced at Harrow. Patients could spend the whole day out-of-doors and the open air at Harrow alleviated bronchitis, pneumonia, empyema, acute and chronic rheumatism, and tuberculosis and its sequelae. The average stay was for over a month.

The new building was officially opened in 1895 by the Duchess of Teck and was extended the following year.

By 1904 the Hospital had 46 beds and cots. It was financed mainly by gifts, including £5,000 which had been bequeathed in 1907 by Samuel Lewis. By 1908 the premises of the Out-Patients Department had become inadequate as the number of patients had almost doubled. The Hospital purchased the freehold land for an extension and plans were made for a new building at a cost of £5,000.

In 1911 a much improved Out-Patients Department opened. The building contained a waiting room, consulting rooms, changing rooms, and an operating theatre with an adjacent anaesthetic room and recovery room. A covered way was built for those waiting to go into the Out-Patients Department.

In 1920 the Hospital had 40 beds, with the average length of stay for each patient about 17 to 20 days. In 1926 a Rheumatism Supervisory Centre for patients with rheumatic heart disease opened (it was closed to new cases in 1939 due to the diminution in the number of admissions).

In 1933 the Hospital was refurbished internally, and then had 52 beds and cots, and in 1934 the Out-Patients Department was extended.

In 1948 the Hospital joined the NHS and became affiliated with St Mary’s Hospital in Praed Street, and came under the administration of St Mary’s Group Hospital Management Committee. In 1949, due to an excess of paediatric beds in the St Mary’s Group, the Committee considered converting the Hospital to treat adult patients suffering from skin and throat disorders, but this was resisted. A protest was organised, with a petition signed by 8,000 mothers being sent to the Minister of Health. The Committee changed its mind and the Hospital remained unaltered.

However, by 1974 it had 16 beds. With the NHS reorganisation at that time, it came under the control of the North West (Teaching) District Health Authority, part of the North West London Regional Health Authority. In 1978 plans were being made to close the Hospital once the St Mary’s Hospital site had been redeveloped.

It closed in 1987 with 16 beds. Services were transferred to the paediatric unit in the newly built 10-storey Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Wing at St Mary’s Hospital.

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Paddington

The first underground railway station in the world ran from Paddington - opened as Paddington (Bishop's Road) by the Metropolitan Railway on 10 January 1863 as the terminus of the company's route from Farringdon.

Paddington mainline railway station - Paddington station - has a commuter service serving stations west of London, a mainline service to Oxford, Bristol, Bath, Taunton, Devon, Cornwall and South Wales. There is also an express rail line to Heathrow Airport.

In Paddington Station there is a display case showing Paddington Bear, a character of children's fiction who, in the book, is first discovered at this station and hence named after it.

Important places in Paddington include St Mary's Hospital - where penicillin was discovered by Alexander Fleming - and Paddington Green police station.

Alan Turing, the pioneer mathematician was born in Warrington Crescent.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Edgware Road:   Edgware Road station was part of the world's first underground railway when it was opened as part of the Metropolitan Railway between Paddington and Farringdon on 1 October 1863.
Hyett's hand-drawn 1807 map:   William Hyett produced an amazingly accurate map of the London countryside in 1807, using just pen and paper.
Paddington:   The first underground railway station in the world ran from Paddington - opened as Paddington (Bishop's Road) by the Metropolitan Railway on 10 January 1863 as the terminus of the company's route from Farringdon.
St Mary’s Hospital, London:   St Mary’s Hospital is a hospital in Paddington, founded in 1845.


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Aberdeen Place, NW8 · Adpar Street, W2 · Belvedere Strand, NW9 · Boscobel Street, NW8 · Bouverie Place, W2 · Braithwaite Tower, W2 · Broadley Street, NW8 · Burwood Place, W2 · Cambridge Court, W2 · Capland Street, NW8 · Church Street, NW8 · Church Street, W2 · Clarendon Terrace, W9 · Clifton Court, NW8 · Crompton Street, W2 · Cuthbert Street, W2 · Dudley Street, W2 · Eastbourne Terrace, W2 · Edgware Road, NW8 · Edgware Road, W2 · Edna House, W2 · Edward House, W2 · Fisherton Street, NW8 · Frampton Street, NW8 · Hall Place, W2 · Hampden Gurney Street, W1H · Harbet Road, W2 · Hermitage Street, W2 · Howards Way, W2 · Junction Mews, W2 · Junction Place, W2 · London Mews, W2 · London Street, W2 · Luton Street, NW8 · Lyons Place, W2 · Macmillan House, W2 · Marylebone Flyover, W2 · Merchant Square, W2 · Miles Buildings, NW1 · Norfolk Place, W2 · North Wharf Road, W2 · Northwick Close, NW8 · Northwick Terrace, NW8 · Paddington Green, W2 · Paddington Station Car Park, W2 · Park Steps, W2 · Park West Place, W2 · Park West, W2 · Penfold Place, NW1 · Penfold Street, NW1 · Penfold Street, NW8 · Porteus Road, W2 · Portsea Place, W2 · Praed Mews, W2 · Praed Street, W2 · Princess Louise Close, W2 · Rainsford Street, W2 · Saint Mary’s Square, W2 · Saint Michael’s Street, W2 · Sale Place, W2 · South Wharf Road, W2 · Southwick Mews, W2 · Southwick Street, W2 · St Marys Mansions, W2 · St Marys Medical School, W2 · St Marys Terrace, W2 · St Michaels Street, W2 · Star Street, W2 · Station Concourse, W2 · The Water Gardens, W2 · Water Gardens, W2 · Winsland Street, W2 ·


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