Timeline opens to celebrate the history of Teddington Hospital

Release Date: 06 July 2017

A permanent display celebrating the history of Teddington Memorial Hospital and its role in the local community is now open.

Over the past 140 years, the hospital has played a key role in the local area. From humble beginnings with four beds at Elfin Villas, Teddington Memorial has grown to become the pillar of the community that it is today.

The hospital has always maintained close ties with the local area, from inviting donations of ‘dry goods’ during the early 1900’s to the fight to save the hospital from closure in 1982 and 1983, where over 31,000 people signed a petition and hundreds of people took part in a candlelit vigil.

To celebrate the history of the hospital, Richmond Council’s Art Service teamed up with Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust and the League of Friends of Teddington Memorial Hospital to create a heritage timeline exhibition.

It tells the story of the hospital, using archival images and those from personal collections.

The timeline was officially unveiled by the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames earlier today (5 July) and it is now on public display in the main corridor of the hospital.

Cllr Lisa Blakemore, Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, said:

“Teddington Memorial Hospital has been so important to our borough over the past 140 years and it still is today, providing vital care and support to so many people. It has an exciting history and through this inspiring exhibition we can understand how it has been key during many significant milestones in our borough’s past.

“Many people have been involved in this exhibition and I would like to thank them all. But, most importantly I would like to thank the valued NHS staff who have worked at the hospital over the years. They keep our borough healthy and, for that, I thank each and every one of them.”

Pamela Bryant, chair of the League of Friends of Teddington Memorial Hospital said:

 “I am immensely proud of Teddington Memorial Hospital’s history and of the role that the League of Friends has been able to play in supporting it over many years. I hope that together, we can ensure that the timeline serves as a mere footnote in the hospital’s history – and that it will continue to serve as a vital resource for the local community for another 140 years.”

Stephen Swords, chairman of Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust said:

 “We are proud to unveil this timeline today, which celebrates the rich and varied history of Teddington Memorial Hospital and the hospital that preceded it.

 “The timeline will stand as a permanent reminder of the contribution that the hospital and its staff have made towards maintaining the health of local people across Richmond since 1874. It is also a history of the support from the community that has been crucial to its existence.  I would encourage patients and local people visiting the hospital to view the display and find out more about its fascinating past.”

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Updated: 31 July 2017