Catalogue description Babies Hospital, Newcastle

This record is held by Tyne and Wear Archives

Details of HO.LZ
Reference: HO.LZ
Title: Babies Hospital, Newcastle

Hospital records

Date: 1926-1971
Held by: Tyne and Wear Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Babies Hospital, Newcastle

Physical description: 7 SERIES
Immediate source of acquisition:

Accession 2176 (part), 2732, 2871 (part)

  • Health services
  • Clinical medicine
  • Nursing
  • Patients
  • Health policy
  • Diseases
  • Medical sciences
  • Preventive medicine
Administrative / biographical background:

The Babies Hospital, Newcastle had its origins in a day nursery opened by Miss Greta Rowell, for mothers working in local munitions factories during the First World War. Known as the West End Day Nursery, it was based at 33 West Parade off Westmoreland Road.


By 1923 there was a shift of emphasis from Day Nursery to Babies Nursing or Mothercraft Training Centre dealing in the main with babies with feeding problems.


In 1924 Dr Spence, the Nursery's Honorary Consulting Physician, recommended closing the Nursery to daily children and to increase the number of beds for in-patients and in 1925 its name was changed to Babies Hospital and Mothercraft Centre.


During the Second World War, the hospital, with the exception of out-patients moved to Blagdon Hall, Northumberland. In 1943 Dr Spence became the first professor of paediatrics in England and this led to the removal of the out-patients department at West Parade to the children's clinic at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. In 1944 the Babies Hospital was formally amalgamated with the Royal Victoria Infirmary and on 18 May 1948 the hospital at Leazes Terrace was opened. By 1971 paediatric surgical services in Newcastle had shifted to the Fleming Memorial Children's Hospital and in 1973 the official policy was to run down the Babies Hospital. It is now closed.

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