Royal Papworth Hospital, Papworth Everard, Cambridgeshire

Royal Papworth Hospital, Papworth Everard, Cambridgeshire

Established as a tuberculosis settlement in 1918, the Royal Papworth Hospital grew to be a world-leading heart and lung hospital, and moved to new premises in 2019

Visited May 2019  UK Papworth Everard, Cambridgeshire, UK Closed

A Tuberculosis sanatorium was established at Papworth by Dr Pendrill Varrier-Jones, the TB Officer for Cambridgeshire, following a donation of £5,000 from a wealthy philanthropist which enabled him to purchase the Papworth Hall Estate. Papworth Hall itself was used initially for the treatment of TB, receiving its first patients on 12 February 1918, along with 4 staff members.

The hospital expanded steadily with the addition of wooden open-air shelters, and in 1929 was renamed the Papworth Village Settlement. New hospital buildings were constructed around the hall from 1930, and after being absorbed into the National Health Service in 1948, the sanatorium was renamed Papworth Hospital.

Royal Papworth Hospital - Entrance sign and the 1932 Bernhard Baron Building
Royal Papworth Hospital – Entrance sign and the 1932 Bernhard Baron Building

Surgery gradually took over as a treatment for TB and over time the hospital moved towards other types of heart and lung treatment such as transplants, the treatment of pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis and sleep disorders. The world’s first successful heart transplant took place at Papworth in 1979.

In April 2019 all the services provided at the hospital were transferred to a new, purpose built facility at the nearby Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Bernhard Baron Building

Royal Papworth Hospital - Reception Main Entrance
Royal Papworth Hospital – Reception Main Entrance
Royal Papworth Hospital - The main reception desk
Royal Papworth Hospital – The main reception desk
Royal Papworth Hospital - Inside the curved frontage
Royal Papworth Hospital – Inside the curved frontage

The accommodation in the Bernhard Baron Building was originally designed around a veranda arrangement providing easy access to open air for treatment of TB, as can be seen in the archive image below

Royal Papworth Hospital - Archive image of open air verandas (circa 1932)
Royal Papworth Hospital – Archive image of open air verandas (circa 1932)
Royal Papworth Hospital - Now somewhat modernised, the large doors still open out onto the verandas
Royal Papworth Hospital – Now somewhat modernised, the large doors still open out onto the verandas
Royal Papworth Hospital - One of the wards in the Bernhard Baron Building
Royal Papworth Hospital – One of the wards in the Bernhard Baron Building
Royal Papworth Hospital - Ward reception desk
Royal Papworth Hospital – Ward reception desk
Royal Papworth Hospital - X-Ray room (the machine had been removed)
Royal Papworth Hospital – X-Ray room (the machine had been removed)
Royal Papworth Hospital - The Bernhard Baron Building also contained the hospital archives
Royal Papworth Hospital – The Bernhard Baron Building also contained the hospital archives

Christopher Parish Building

Radiology & Nuclear Medicine

Royal Papworth Hospital - Angiography Room
Royal Papworth Hospital – Angiography Room
Royal Papworth Hospital - Angiography Controls
Royal Papworth Hospital – Angiography Controls
Royal Papworth Hospital - Another Angiogram X-Ray
Royal Papworth Hospital – Another Angiogram X-Ray
Royal Papworth Hospital - Angiogram X-Ray
Royal Papworth Hospital – Angiogram X-Ray
Royal Papworth Hospital - Another type of X-Ray
Royal Papworth Hospital – Another type of X-Ray
Royal Papworth Hospital - The X-Ray department was quite extensive
Royal Papworth Hospital – The X-Ray department was quite extensive
Royal Papworth Hospital - More X-Rays!
Royal Papworth Hospital – More X-Rays!
Royal Papworth Hospital - Nuclear Medicine Department
Royal Papworth Hospital – Nuclear Medicine Department
Royal Papworth Hospital - CT Scanner
Royal Papworth Hospital – CT Scanner
Royal Papworth Hospital - SPECT Scanner
Royal Papworth Hospital – SPECT Scanner

Operating Theatres

Royal Papworth Hospital - One of the five operating theatres
Royal Papworth Hospital – One of the five operating theatres
Royal Papworth Hospital - Operating theatre with lights on
Royal Papworth Hospital – Operating theatre with lights on
Royal Papworth Hospital - Another operating theatre
Royal Papworth Hospital – Another operating theatre
Royal Papworth Hospital - Operating lights in a theatre
Royal Papworth Hospital – Operating lights in a theatre

Wards and other areas

Royal Papworth Hospital - One of the wards with a lot of equipment remaining
Royal Papworth Hospital – One of the wards with a lot of equipment remaining
Royal Papworth Hospital - Some of the wards had been fully emptied out
Royal Papworth Hospital – Some of the wards had been fully emptied out
Royal Papworth Hospital - Ward reception desk
Royal Papworth Hospital – Ward reception desk
Royal Papworth Hospital - One of the ward rooms
Royal Papworth Hospital – One of the ward rooms
Royal Papworth Hospital - Ward room with bed
Royal Papworth Hospital – Ward room with bed
Royal Papworth Hospital - Bed in another room
Royal Papworth Hospital – Bed in another room
Royal Papworth Hospital - Ward with curtain dividers between beds
Royal Papworth Hospital – Ward with curtain dividers between beds
Royal Papworth Hospital - One more of the ward beds
Royal Papworth Hospital – One more of the ward beds
Royal Papworth Hospital - One of the many corridors
Royal Papworth Hospital – One of the many corridors
Royal Papworth Hospital - Corridor junctions
Royal Papworth Hospital – Corridor junctions
Royal Papworth Hospital - Rooms in the Lakeside Crescent looked very modern
Royal Papworth Hospital – Rooms in the Lakeside Crescent looked very modern
Royal Papworth Hospital - Lakeside Crescent room
Royal Papworth Hospital – Lakeside Crescent room
Royal Papworth Hospital - Private Care waiting area
Royal Papworth Hospital – Private Care waiting area
Royal Papworth Hospital - Lecture Theatre
Royal Papworth Hospital – Lecture Theatre

Mortuary and Pathology

Royal Papworth Hospital - Metal slab in the mortuary
Royal Papworth Hospital – Metal slab in the mortuary
Royal Papworth Hospital - Morgue slab and body fridges
Royal Papworth Hospital – Morgue slab and body fridges
Royal Papworth Hospital - Another view of the mortuary examination table
Royal Papworth Hospital – Another view of the mortuary examination table
Royal Papworth Hospital - Mortuary body storage room
Royal Papworth Hospital – Mortuary body storage room
Royal Papworth Hospital - "Place deceased in this fridge feet first"
Royal Papworth Hospital – “Place deceased in this fridge feet first”
Royal Papworth Hospital - The Chapel of Rest
Royal Papworth Hospital – The Chapel of Rest
Royal Papworth Hospital - Tissue and body part dissection room
Royal Papworth Hospital – Tissue and body part dissection room
Royal Papworth Hospital - One of the pathology labs
Royal Papworth Hospital – One of the pathology labs
Royal Papworth Hospital - Another pathology labs
Royal Papworth Hospital – Another pathology labs

Papworth Hall

Papworth Hall was purchased following a donation of £5,000 from a wealthy philanthropist and was the first building to be used as a sanatorium at Papworth.

Papworth Hall - Archive photograph (circa 1918)
Papworth Hall – Archive photograph (circa 1918)
Papworth Hall - Archive Image by Bob Crook (CC Licence)
Papworth Hall – Archive Image by Bob Crook (CC Licence)
Papworth Hall - The grand entrance hall
Papworth Hall – The grand entrance hall
Papworth Hall - Entrance Hall
Papworth Hall – Entrance Hall
 
Papworth Hall - Staircase and Skylight
Papworth Hall – Staircase and Skylight
Papworth Hall - One of the skylight lanterns on the first floor and light-well to the floor below
Papworth Hall – One of the skylight lanterns on the first floor and light-well to the floor below
Papworth Hall - The rooms had been modernised for hospital use
Papworth Hall – The rooms had been modernised for hospital use
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