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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RIBA4185Bridget Riley and John Weeks with Riley's murals, St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London

RIBA6116Hammersmith Bridge Road Surgery, 1 Hammersmith Bridge Road, London

RIBA6406Gartnavel General Hopital, Glasgow

RIBA11368Ipswich and East Suffolk Hospital, Ipswich: the water tower and boiler house

RIBA39909Boiler Suit, Guy's Approaches, Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital, London

RIBA50367Dental Hospital for University College Hospital, Mortimer Market off Capper Street, Bloomsbury, London

RIBA51098Group practice consulting rooms, Inch Road, Kelso, Scottish Borders

RIBA54716Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, London, seen from the south-east with ward block to the left and operating department at right

RIBA54725Guy's Hospital, St Thomas Street, London Bridge, London: Guy's Tower

RIBA56339New Ulster Hospital, Dondonald, Belfast: the projecting balconies to the south elevation of the paediatric block

RIBA56348Kent & Canterbury Hospital Phase II, Ethelbert Road, Canterbury, Kent: out-patients' main entrance and concourse

RIBA56353Ninewells teaching hospital and medical school, Dundee: the south end of the concourse block and tower

RIBA56385Hull Royal Infirmary, Anlaby Road, Hull: corner detail of the thirteen-storey block showing the mosiac tile cladding

RIBA56469Admissions Unit, Fairmile Hospital, Wallingford, Oxfordshire: the common room

RIBA56490Doctors' communal surgery in the grounds of Henley General Hospital, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

RIBA57829Epsom Hospital, Dorking Road, Epsom, Surrey

RIBA58562Extension to Torbay Hospital, Phase I, Torquay, Devon: the theatre, pharmacy and pathology block

RIBA58564Extension to Torbay Hospital, Phase I, Torquay, Devon: elevated view of the central courtyard

RIBA69790Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, London: the reception area

RIBA69968Kentish Town Health Centre, London

RIBA88165Cannock Community Hospital, West Midlands: front elevation seen from the bridge

RIBA109876Leicester Royal Infirmary

RIBA109880Leicester Royal Infirmary

RIBA115629Farnborough Hospital, Bromley, London