Gartnavel General Hopital, Glasgow


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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