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Ealing Hospital is a district general NHS hospital, part of London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, located in the Southall district of the London Borough of Ealing, west London, England. It lies on the south side of the Uxbridge Road 8.5 miles west of central London. It sits between Southall town to the west and Hanwell to the east. It is built on land that was once part of St. Bernard's Hospital which is run by West London Mental Health (NHS) Trust.

Ealing Hospital
London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust
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Ealing Hospital is located in London Borough of Ealing
Ealing Hospital
Location within Ealing
LocationSouthall, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Care systemNHS England
Hospital typeDistrict General
Affiliated universityImperial College London
Emergency departmentYes Accident & Emergency
ListsHospitals in England


Early historyEdit

The original hospital in the area was the Ealing Cottage Hospital which opened at Minton Lodge in Ealing Dene in 1871.[1] This was replaced by the King Edward Memorial Hospital, named in memory of King Edward VII which was opened by Princess Helena in 1911.[1] The hospital joined the National Health Service in 1948 and came under the management of the North West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board.[1]

The present Ealing District Hospital was built in the late 1970s and opened 5 November 1979. Occupying part of St. Bernard's Hospital former grounds, the whole complex was renamed Ealing Hospital.[a] At the same time, the King Edward Memorial was closed along with the nearby Hanwell Cottage Hospital in Green Lane and many of the services provided by the Southall-Norwood Hospital on The Green were transferred to the new hospital. The adjacent St. Bernard's Hospital regaining its old identity to provide mental health services once more.[2]


In October 2014, as part of a drive towards efficiency savings in the NHS, Ealing Hospital NHS Trust merged with The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust.[3] Ealing Hospital underwent a merger process that saw acute services distributed between itself, Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospital, and Central Middlesex Hospital. It is anticipated that there will be a phased removal of acute care services from Ealing Hospital in the medium to long-term, with discussions currently ongoing about the closure of maternity services.[4]

History of maternity unitEdit

The original NHS provision for births was Perivale Maternity Hospital,[b] Greenford. With a total of 67 beds and ten cots in a special care baby unit, Ealing residents 'chose' to have 33.5% of their births here at a rate of 1,800 per annum. (Queen Charlotte's Hospital came second with 23.5%). Various working committees agreed that for various reasons it would be better to move the facilities at Perivale to a new maternity unit located on the same site as Ealing General. Thus, on 1 March 1985, a proposal was submitted outlining a number of options together with assessments of relative costs and benefits. The aim was for a 60 beds unit to be able to reach 2,500 deliveries per annum.[5] The new Ealing Maternity Unit opened in March 1988 on the south-west corner of Ealing General.[2]

Quality of careEdit

In 2008 Ealing Hospital Trust was listed last out of the 165 trusts in England in a survey of patients' ratings of the level of care. Director of Nursing Paul Reeves said that the data was collected in August 2007 and the trust was addressing the issues with a series of action plans.[6]

In 2008/09 Ealing Hospital did well in a Dr Foster patient safety enquiry achieving a band 4 – better than many other hospitals in the surrounding area.[7]

In September 2014, following the closure of nearby Emergency Departments at Central Middlesex and Hammersmith Hospitals, there was a significant increase in pressure on surrounding departments, including at Ealing Hospital, where the percentage of patients being seen under 4 hours fell to 67.8%.[8] An independent review is ongoing about the impact the decision to close these departments has had on emergency care in the North West London area.[9]

Care UK runs an urgent care centre on the site which was investigated by ITV's Exposure programme in July 2015.[10]


  1. ^ This period has gone on to sometimes cause confusion. Owing to the government edict of the day that local psychiatric and maternity services were to be viewed and treated no differently from any other parts of the health service, they demanded that these services to be combined with the services provided by district hospitals. Hence, it became the 'General Unit.' During this time: St. Bernard's Hospital, the (then new) John Conolly Wing and Max Glatt Unit became collectively known as the 'Psychiatric Unit'. The whole complex was called 'Ealing Hospital'. This situation remained until the 'General Unit' and Maternity Unit administration split away to become the Ealing Hospital (NHS) Trust. For some years afterwards, such functions as site care and maintenance was still under the direction of the psychiatric services trusts of St Bernard's Hospital until the new Ealing Hospital NHS Trust started to prepare for Foundation status and became fully autonomous. This confusion has resulted in television crews pointing their cameras at the wrong buildings and delivery vans and juggernauts – having see the sign for St Bernard's 'wing' – going round and round looking for St. Bernard's Main Hospital block but in the adjacent housing estate just to the west.
  2. ^ Originally opened 1948 as Perivale Maternity Home, the site eventually had 166 homes built upon it – Notting Hill Housing Trust.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "King Edward Memorial Hospital". Lost hospitals of London. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Ealing Hospital". Lost hospitals of London. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  3. ^ NHS Trust Development Authority. "Merger of The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust and Ealing Hospital NHS Trust". Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  4. ^ London Evening Standard. "Campaigners at Ealing Hospital: 'Closing our maternity unit is madness'". Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  5. ^ Briggs P W (1 March 1985) District Medical Officer. Submission of Ealing Health Authority: Maternity – Approval in Principle submission.
  6. ^ "London NHS trust 'worst for care'". BBC News. 14 May 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2008.
  7. ^ "My Hospital Guide 2013: Essential Reading for Smart Spending".
  8. ^ London Evening Standard. "A&E waiting times at west London hospitals hit a record after closures". Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  9. ^ Ealing Council. "Independent commission to review A&E closures". Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Medical staff under pressure tell patient to take her own temperature". ITV. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2018.

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