Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City, UK

An abandoned hospital in Hertfordshire with working lights. Operating theatres, a morgue and a radio playing Like a Virgin remain.

The Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City
 

The Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire, UK is an abandoned hospital. The NHS property has been completely emptied but the lights still work and the place has a few nice features.

The hospital had space for 100 beds and provided services including outpatient clinics, radiology, pathology, a breast unit and antenatal and postnatal care, as well as a 24/7 urgent care centre for people with minor injuries and illnesses.

£30 million was invested into the site and in October 2014 a brand new building was opened to provide all the services. The original building is due to be demolished to make way for housing and a care home.

The Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City
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The Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City

Our Visit
Spider Monkey and I headed over to Hertfordshire to visit the abandoned hospital early one morning after a somewhat drunken evening at another location. After a brief look around to suss the place out we went to sleep for a while to recover! Once we were suitably refreshed and looking around again we bumped into a few other people on site including our friends Pete, Mr Dan and Dirty Jigsaw.

The hospital was quite fun to look around, but it had been completely emptied of all furniture and equipment. The operating theatres with working lights and the morgue were my favourite parts. One or two small items were left scattered around and some electrical items still worked – I couldn’t help but laugh when someone tried a radio and the entire gang burst into dance when Like a Virgin blasted out!

 

Operating Theatres

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Operating theatre with lights
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Operating theatre with lights

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Lights shining in operating theatre
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Lights shining in operating theatre

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Operating Theatre
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Operating Theatre

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Theatre entrance
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Theatre entrance

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Another operating theatre with different style of lights
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Another operating theatre with different style of lights

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Small theatre
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Small theatre

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Outside the theatre
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Outside the theatre

Hospital Wards

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Treatment room
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Treatment room

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Ward with green curtains
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Ward with green curtains

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Ward main reception
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Ward main reception

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Bed spaces
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Bed spaces

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Nurses status panel
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Nurses status panel

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Curtains and rails
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Curtains and rails

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Corridor and ward
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Corridor and ward

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Sanitising station on a ward
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Sanitising station on a ward

 

Entrances and Receptions

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Staircase and lifts
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Staircase and lifts

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Staircase
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Staircase

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Reception area
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Reception area

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Main reception desk
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Main reception desk

 

Corridors

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - A very typical hospital corridor with signage
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – A very typical hospital corridor with signage

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Corridor with lots of doors
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Corridor with lots of doors

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Tree on wall
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Tree on wall

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Seats in corridor
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Seats in corridor

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Special Care sign in corridor
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Special Care sign in corridor

 

Mortuary

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Mortuary with three slabs
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Mortuary with three slabs

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Two of the morgue slabs
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Two of the morgue slabs

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Third morgue slab
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Third morgue slab

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Wash hose on mortuary slab
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Wash hose on mortuary slab

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Body storage fridges
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Body storage fridges

 

Other areas

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Spiral dispensers in pharmacy
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Spiral dispensers in pharmacy

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Activity room
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Activity room

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Posh looking room
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Posh looking room

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Postnatal care room
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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – Postnatal care room

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