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King George Hospital, London


The hospital has its origins in the Ilford Emergency Hospital located at Newbury Park on the A12 Eastern Avenue which was built between 1910 and 1912.[1] It operated as a military hospital during the First World War.[1] The War Memorial Children's Wing, to commemorate lives lost during the war, was completed in 1926.[1] A re-building programme followed and the new facilities were opened by King George V in July 1931.[1] The Baker Memorial Wing was completed in January 1935 and the hospital joined the National Health Service in 1948.[1]

The hospital at Newbury Park closed in 1993 when services were transferred to a new facility which had been built on land released by Goodmayes Hospital just two miles to the east at Barley Lane.[1]

On 15 December 2010 the joint committee of PCTs voted unanimously to close the accident & emergency and maternity departments despite local public opposition. It was decided that Queen's Hospital in Romford should handle the extra numbers of patients.[2]


The hospital comprises a large two-storey building. The wards are named after plants and trees; Ash, Beech, Cedar Centre, Clover, Dahlia, Elm Breast Care Unit, Erica, Fern, Gardenia, Gentian, Heather, Iris, Jasmine, Japonica and Juniper. The site is also home to the North East London Independent Sector Treatment Centre.[3] The Cedar Centre is stopping providing chemotherapy for cancer patients in November 2018 due to staff shortage. Patients must go to other hospitals instead. Tom Sandford of the Royal College of Nursing said, “The loss of the chemotherapy service at the Cedar Centre is a serious blow to patient care at a time when the government’s referral target for urgent cancer treatment has not been met for five years. The fact a specialist unit such as this has been forced to close its doors to people needing chemotherapy is the starkest evidence yet that the nurse staffing crisis is jeopardising safe patient care, with almost 42,000 nurse vacancies in England alone.”[4]

The emergency and urgent care centre at the hospital is run by the Partnership of East London Cooperatives, an Industrial and Provident Society made up of GPs, patient representatives and other health professionals. Patients are first seen by a nurse before they are sent for treatment within the centre or transferred to the hospital's main emergency department. The Care Quality Commission rated the service inadequate in 2018 and put it into special measures.[5]

Entertainment and refreshmentsEdit

The local hospital radio service, Bedrock, is available on-line to patients, staff the area.[6] The Hospital has a League Of Friends Shop situated in the main entrance.[7]


London Buses routes 173, 362, 296, 396 and EL3 all serve the hospital, with bus stops located outside the main entrance. Route 66 also serves the nearby Eastern Avenue, which is a 10-minute walk from the hospital. The nearest railway station is Goodmayes on the Great Eastern Main Line, with services currently operated by TfL Rail. The nearest Underground stations are Newbury Park on the Central line and Dagenham Heathway on the District line.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f "King George Hospital". Lost Hospitals of London. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Ilford South MP Mike Gapes raises concerns over King George Hospital's A&E ahead of winter". Ilford Recorder. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  3. ^ "King George Hospital: Site map". Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Chemotherapy dropped at hospital suffering nursing shortage". The Guardian. 3 November 2018. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Private emergency care centre in special measures". Health Service Journal. 23 August 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Bedrock (Hospital Radio)". Bedrock. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Charity which has raised over £1m for our hospital needs more volunteers". Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Plan your journey". Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. Retrieved 24 October 2018.

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