Save Our Hospitals Campaigner Wish Charing Cross a Happy Birthday
40 years to the day since the hospital first opened
Save Our Hospitals campaigners gathered at Charing Cross Hospital on Wednesday May 22, to mark the 40th anniversary of the day it first opened its doors in 1973.
Una Hodgkins gave us this report on the day's activities and the history of our local hospital:
" On that day in 1973 the 'Charing Cross Hospital, Fulham' was opened to replace the old Fulham Hospital on the Fulham Palace Road. Costing £15M and rising to 15 floors, the new hospital was part of the West London and Fulham hospitals group.
"Tiles from the original Charing Cross Hospital in Villiers Street were saved and are on display in the foyer on the first floor. It later joined its own medical school with Westminster and St Marys Medical Schools.
" In 1997 it merged with
Imperial College, London, the National Heart and Lung Institute and the
Royal Postgraduate Medical School (at Hammersmith Hospital) to form the
enlarged Imperial College School of Medicine.
" 'Happy Birthday' and 'Many happy returns' were sung enthusiastically. Staff and students looked bemused and joined in with the local supporters and ambulant patients."
Meanwhile the NHS' plans to close four casualty departments and downgrade local hospitals, including Charing Cross annd Hammersmith, will be referred to an independent panel to review.
It is expected that the panel will complete its report by September, after which the health secretary will consider its findings before making his decision.
Find out more about the Save Our Hospitals campaign in Hammersmith and Fulham here.
May 31, 2013