Good news for Hammersmith health care

Hammersmith Hospital due to reopen in 2017

A £150 million scheme is underway to convert the 1930s Royal Masonic Hospital building, mothballed since 2006, into the privately run London International Hospital.

A year after its opening in 1933 the Grade II-listed, the Royal Masonic won the Royal Institute of British Architects’ top design medal. The building was sold off in 1996 and reopened two years later as an independent hospital called The Stamford. In May 2002 it returned to the NHS as the Ravenscourt Park Hospital, but lack of patient numbers forced closure in 2006.

Last year Linden Homes took over part of the site – now called Ashlar Court – which served as the living quarters for the hospital’s nurses. The site was transformed into blocks of one, two and three-bedroom flats and one and two-bedroom detached houses, which retain the coveted historical details of the building.

The 150-bed hospital is due to open in 2017, creating up to 2,000 jobs.
It will  be the first UK hospital run by healthcare giant VPS Healthcare, with the Mayor of London describing the news as a ‘tremendous vote of confidence in London’s thriving life sciences sector’.

It will be the first hospital to offer proton beam therapy, a type of radiotherapy not currently available on the NHS, which can treat complex cancers in children.

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