Panels illustrating two areas of the history of St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey have now been put on public display within the hospital.
One set, which covers Royal visits since the war, have been hung on the main hospital “street” – the corridor which leads from the main reception to the Duchess of Kent Wing. The display starts with a visit by Katherine, Duchess of Kent, to open the new theatre block in September 1967. Followed by her return visit, 25 years in March 1992, to open the £11million ward block, named in her honour.
A second panel depicts an informal visit to the Cardiac Care Unit by Princess Alexandra in 1993, when she met many of the local fundraisers for the Heart Care Trust; followed by a visit by Prince Edward in 1998 to open the £8 million building that bears his name. Finally, there is a description of the visit by Sophie, Countess of Wessex, in July 2005 to open the expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Elsewhere, a new panel is also on display in the entrance foyer to the Stephanie Marks Diabetes Resource Centre, near the main entrance of the hospital. The building is historically known as ‘The Croft’, was built in the 1930s and initially used as the home of the Medical Superintendent of Botley’s Park Colony for Incurables. Since then it has been used in many different ways but in May 2010 Sir Ian Botham, Patron of the Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal, opened the extended and modernised building named in memory of the 17-year-old diabetic whose ambition was to become a doctor.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the history of St. Peter’s Hospital can go to the Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, or visit: www.surreycc.gov.uk/surreyhistorycentre.
For Ashford Hospital visit London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1 0HB or go to: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/lma
The picture shows the Royal visits panel display at St Peter’s Hospital.