Roxbourne Hospital
Rayners Lane, Harrow, Middlesex HA2 0HE
Medical dates:

Medical character:
1896 - 1993

Infectious diseases.  Later, geriatric
The Harrow Isolation Hospital, built and financed by the surrounding Urban District Councils in 1895, opened in 1896 for the "reception of cases of scarlet fever, diphtheria, enteric fever and Asiatic cholera".

It was extended in 1905 at a cost of £5,300, when it had 15 beds.

Visits to patients were strictly controlled.  Only in special circumstances and sanctioned by the Medical Officer or Sanitary Inspector, could visitors enter the ward.  Visits were only possible on two afternoons a week and could last no longer than 15 minutes.  Patients who were well enough to be on a full diet received 4 oz of suet pudding three times a week.

By 1946 the Hospital had 25 beds.  It joined the NHS in 1948, as part of the Hendon Group.  It became a hospital for the chronic sick, linked with Edgware General Hospital.  By 1954 it had 51 beds.

In 1969 the Hospital became part of the Geriatric Unit at the newly built Northwick Park Hospital.  Patients were first admitted to the 25-bed ward at Northwick Park Hospital for investigation and treatment.  About half were then transferred to Harrow Hospital for continuation of treatment and rehabilitation, while those needing long-term care were transferred to Roxbourne Hospital.

The Hospital closed in 1993, with 51 beds.

Present status (May 2008)

The Hospital has been demolished and the site now contains the Roxbourne Complex, a mental health care facility with two 14-bedded units, run by the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, and, at the south corner, the Roxbourne Medical Centre

Roxbourne Complex
The Roxbourne Complex.

Roxbourne Medical Centre  Roxbourne Medical Centre
The Roxbourne Medical Centre.

Hodkinson HM, Jefferys PM 1972 Making hospital geriatrics workBritish Medical Journal 4 (5839), 536-539.

Walter D 1995 A Lookback at Harrow.  Harrow, Orpheus Publications.

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