NHS70

The 70th Anniversary of the National Health Service

Born out of the ideal that good healthcare should be publicly funded and available to all the National Health Service was launched on 5 July 1948 by the then Minister of Health, Aneurin Bevin.

This gallery represents a selection of photographs from the RIBA’s Robert Elwall Photographs Collection illustrating some of the variety of healthcare buildings constructed since the formation of the NHS 70 years ago. These range from a matron’s house and surgeries to that most complex of buildings the large teaching hospital. Virtually no new hospitals were built until the mid-1950s which was then followed by a building boom until the early 1970s and most of the images in this gallery are from that period.

For more details about the 70th anniversary of the NHS see: NHS70

 

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RIBA54717Nuffield House, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast: a six-bed ward

 
RIBA56358Nuffield Transplantation Surgery Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

 
RIBA56359Nuffield Transplantation Surgery Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh: the entrance hall with vaulted beams


RIBA79911Nurses' hostel, St Richard's Hospital, Chichester, West Sussex: the matron's house

 
RIBA56360Operating Theatre Block, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

 
RIBA56364Operating Theatre Block, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh: observation dome of an operating theatre


RIBA56412Out-patients' department, St James's Hospital, Balham, London: snack bar at the south end of the main visitors' lounge on the first floor

 
RIBA56458Princess Margaret Hospital, Phase I, Swindon, Wiltshire: an operating theatre

 
RIBA56448Princess Margaret Hospital, Phase I, Swindon, Wiltshire: the Physical Medicine and Pathology departments seen from the west


RIBA70176Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre, Moorfields Eye Hospital, Peerless Street, London, at dusk

 
RIBA6415Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, Hampstead, London

 
RIBA9879St Mary's Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight


RIBA70506Temporary health centre, Thamesmead, London

 
RIBA39774The Poundbury Clinic, Pummery Square, Poundbury, Dorset

 
RIBA56375Ward block, Wycombe General Hospital, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire: the road approach showing the car park on the roof of the general services building


RIBA111482West Suffolk General Hospital, Bury St Edmunds: model of the proposed hospital

 
RIBA56480Wexham Park Hospital, Phase I, Slough: the administration tower and forecourt

 
RIBA56481Wexham Park Hospital, Phase I, Slough: the reception area beneath the tower


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