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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Nuffield House, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast: a six-bed wardRIBA54717

 
Nuffield Transplantation Surgery Unit, Western General Hospital, EdinburghRIBA56358

 
Nuffield Transplantation Surgery Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh: the entrance hall with vaulted beamsRIBA56359


Nurses' hostel, St Richard's Hospital, Chichester, West Sussex: the matron's houseRIBA79911

 
Operating Theatre Block, Western General Hospital, EdinburghRIBA56360

 
Operating Theatre Block, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh: observation dome of an operating theatreRIBA56364


Out-patients' department, St James's Hospital, Balham, London: snack bar at the south end of the main visitors' lounge on the first floorRIBA56412

 
Princess Margaret Hospital, Phase I, Swindon, Wiltshire: an operating theatreRIBA56458

 
Princess Margaret Hospital, Phase I, Swindon, Wiltshire: the Physical Medicine and Pathology departments seen from the westRIBA56448


Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre, Moorfields Eye Hospital, Peerless Street, London, at duskRIBA70176

 
Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, Hampstead, LondonRIBA6415

 
St Mary's Hospital, Newport, Isle of WightRIBA9879


Temporary health centre, Thamesmead, LondonRIBA70506

 
The Poundbury Clinic, Pummery Square, Poundbury, DorsetRIBA39774

 
Ward block, Wycombe General Hospital, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire: the road approach showing the car park on the roof of the general services buildingRIBA56375


West Suffolk General Hospital, Bury St Edmunds: model of the proposed hospitalRIBA111482

 
Wexham Park Hospital, Phase I, Slough: the administration tower and forecourtRIBA56480

 
Wexham Park Hospital, Phase I, Slough: the reception area beneath the towerRIBA56481


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