Selly Oak Hospital

Selly Oak Hospital was situated in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham, England. Previously managed by the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, the hospital closed in 2011.

Selly Oak Hospital
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Selly Oak hospital, Main Entrance.JPG
Main entrance to Selly Oak hospital on Raddlebarn Road
Selly Oak Hospital is located in West Midlands county
Selly Oak Hospital
Shown in West Midlands
LocationSelly Oak, Birmingham, England
Coordinates52°26′13.31″N 1°56′13.60″W / 52.4370306°N 1.9371111°W / 52.4370306; -1.9371111Coordinates: 52°26′13.31″N 1°56′13.60″W / 52.4370306°N 1.9371111°W / 52.4370306; -1.9371111
Care systemNHS
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityUniversity of Birmingham
Emergency departmentYes
ListsHospitals in England



Entrance to the King's Norton Union Workhouse at Selly Oak, showing its original decorative cupolas, circa 1910.
The Good Samaritan (1961), by Uli Nimptsch, in front of the Out-patients Unit at Selly Oak Hospital
Commemorative plaque recording the opening of the King's Norton Union's Infirmary at Selly Oak, on the "3rd Day of September 1897"

The site was originally selected for the construction of the new King's Norton Union Workhouse. This was a place for the care of the poor and was one of many workhouses constructed throughout the country following the introduction of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834.[1] The new workhouse, which was designed by Edward Holmes, was built on the site and opened in 1870.[2]

A workhouse infirmary, which was designed by Daniel Arkell to a pavilion plan and entirely lit by electric light, was built by Thomas Rowbotham of Small Heath at a cost of £45,000 and opened in September 1897.[2] It provided accommodation for about 300 patients.[2]


A new entrance block was completed in 1902 and a large nurses' home which became known as Woodlands was completed in 1908.[2] The workhouse became a home for the chronically sick known as Selly Oak House and the home and the infirmary combined to join the National Health Service as Selly Oak Hospital in 1948.[3]

The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine was formed at the hospital and was officially opened by the Princess Royal in April 2001.[4]

In March 2007, the families of certain injured servicemen alleged that the hospital was not treating Iraq War veterans properly.[5] There were also reports of servicemen being verbally abused in the hospital by members of the public opposed to the war.[6] Following a visit to the hospital Jeremy Clarkson added to the criticism by writing to the NHS complaining that injured servicemen had no dedicated ward and that they were treated no differently from "a lad who got drunk and smashed his Citroën into a tree".[7] A report published by the House of Commons Defence Select Committee blamed the allegations against the hospital on a smear campaign[8] and praised the clinical care provided to military patients.[9]

Closure and site redevelopmentEdit

On 23 May 2010 a 'Service of Thanks' was held at Selly Oak Hospital to celebrate a century of caring and to share memories of the facility.[10] After services had transferred to the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Selly Oak Hospital closed in October 2011.[11]

On 24 February 2015 the Trust announced that it had exchanged contracts with Persimmon for the sale of the site with outline planning permission for 650 homes.[12]

Notable staffEdit

Notable patientsEdit

Those reported to have died at the hospital include:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The King’s Norton Web Site: Timeline - Poor Laws, Workhouses, and Social Support Archived 9 September 2012 at WebCite
  2. ^ a b c d "King's Norton". Workhouses. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham". National Archives. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  4. ^ "The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine". Qaranc. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Best treatment pledge for troops". BBC News. 11 March 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2008.
  6. ^ "Calls for 'military-wards' to protect troops from abuse". Evening Standard. 4 October 2006. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  7. ^ Margarette Driscoll (2 December 2007). "Clarkson's hero". Times Online. London. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Selly Oak military unit victim of 'smear campaign'". Birmingham Post. 19 February 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2008.
  9. ^ "Medical care for the Armed Forces" (PDF). Defence Select Committee. 5 February 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2008.
  10. ^ "New hospital information for staff – events". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Selly Oak A&E closes its doors". BBC. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Ex-Selly Oak Hospital site homes-plan contracts exchanged". BBC. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Geoffrey Gerrard Gillam" in William Munk, ed., The Roll of the Royal College of Physicians of London: Continued to 1975 (The Royal College, 1982), pp. 196–198
  14. ^ Dickins, Gordon (1987). An Illustrated Literary Guide to Shropshire. Shropshire Libraries. p. 28. Evans lived in south Shropshire.
  15. ^ Hoban, Sally. "Florence Camm". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 6 October 2018.

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