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Home Hospital For Women, Stevenage

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Alternative name(s):
  • Stoke Newington Invalid Home (Formerly known as)
  • Invalid Asylum for Respectable Women, Stoke Newington (Formerly known as)
Date: 1831-1972
History: The Home Hospital for Women was orignally established in Stoke Newington in 1825 by Mary Lister, a Quaker and an aunt of Lord Lister (the founder of modern antiseptic surgery), who donated her house in Paradise Row, Stoke Newington, for use as an invalid home. Originally it was meant as a place of rest for servants, but when the first hospital was demolished and another opened in Stoke Newington High Street, its doors were open to all. Applicants had to present a letter of introduction from a subscriber and unless they were under twelve years of age or suffering from an infectious disease, consumption, fits, an incurable malady, or 'decrepitude', they were admitted. In 1901 it had beds for 28 patients, and in 1911 25 beds. During the Second World War the hospital was evacuated to The Firs, London Road, Stevenage in February 1940, and when the hospital authorities were offered a large sum for the property in Stoke Newington, they sold the building and the hospital moved permanently to Stevenage.

On 5 July 1948 the hospital became part of the National Health Service, when it was called the Home Hospital for Women and had 20 beds for patients, which became 16 in 1955, 18 in 1968 and 17 in 1972. It was run by the Luton and Hitchin Group No.2 Hospital Committee, part of the North West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board. The hospital closed c1973.
  • Stevenage, Hertfordshire
  • Stoke Newington, Middlesex
Sources of authority: National Health Service Act 1946
Functions, occupations and activities: Health and social care > Hospitals
References: Hosprec database; Burdetts and Hospital Yearbooks 1901-1973
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/C19326 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/O91895 )
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1831-1972: records incl minute books of various committees and misc items
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies
NRA 11973 Hertfordshire

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The Home Hospital for Women was run by the Luton and Hitchin Hospital Management Committee
The Home Hospital for Women was run by the Luton and Hitchin Hospital Management Committee