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Details: Hemel Hempstead General Hospital (West Herts Wing), Hemel Hempstead

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Present name

Hemel Hempstead General Hospital (West Herts Wing) 

Previous name(s)

West Hertfordshire Infirmary (1827 - 1908)
West Hertfordshire Hospital (1908 - c.1970)  


Hillfield Road Hemel Hempstead HP2 4AD 

Previous location

Piccotts End, Hemel Hempstead (1827 - 1832)
Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead (1832 - 1877)
Hillfield Road (1877 - ?)

Foundation Year




Administrative authorities

Regional Hospital Board (1948-74)

North West Metropolitan 

Hospital Management Committee (1948-74)

West Hertfordshire 

Regional Health Authority (1974-82)

North West Thames 

Regional Health Authority (1982- )

North West Thames 

District Health Authority (1974-82)

North West 

District Health Authority (1982- )

North West Hertfordshire 

Current Trust

Sr Albans and Hemel Hempstead NHS Trust 

Trust From


County (before 1974)


County (1974-1996)


County (after 1996)



Pre 1948


Post 1948



Pre 1948


Post 1948


Other information

The West Herts Hospital was originally established in a row of converted cottages at Piccotts End in 1827. Its first benefactor was Sir Astley Paston Cooper, who had a country house at Gadegridge. He responded to the increasing pressure from his tenants for medical treatment. By 1831 the hospital had outgrown the original buildings and Sir John Serbright provided £13,000 for a new establishment, known now as Cheere House which was opened in 1832. In 1877 Princess Mary of Teck opened new hospital buildings with room for fifty patients and seven nurses. In 1899 the hospital installed X-Ray facilities, claiming to be amongst the first in England to do so. From 1890 nurses were able to train on the premises and in 1919 its function as a general nurse training school was approved. In 1927 the Marnham Maternity Ward was opened. The Hospital relied on charitable donations, and before 1948, fund raising and contributory insurance schemes comprised its main source of income. Initially a £1 annual subscription or a £10 donation enabled the donor to recommend one out-patient and to become a Governor, and an annual subscription of £5 or more enabled an in-patient to be recommended. By 1869 the donor could recommend for the supply of a truss or elastic stocking. By 1910 the Hospital was in great financial difficulty which was somewhat eased by the 1911 National Health Insurance Act. This resulted in the compulsory insurance of workers who earned less than £160 per annum, which entitled the worker to free medical treatment from the GP with whom he was registered. By early 1913, most of Hertfordshire's doctors had agreed to serve on the 'Panel' and this relieved pressure on the out-patient department of the hospital. In 1932 the hospital introduced a contributory scheme such that participants could receive in-patient treatment and maintenance and free out-patient treatment. The hospital is now a part of the Hemel Hempstead General Hospital.

Records can be found at:


  Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Record type

Date range


1826 - 1950


1826 - 1948


1827 - 1948


1833 - 1914

   Admission & Discharge

1893 - 1947


1943 - 1946


1912 - 1950

Clinical & Patients

1878 - 1947

Finding aids

Finding aids

Brief Guide(BG), Catalogue

Location of finding aids

At Repository(AR), National Register of Archives (NRA)


AR: CAT: HV2. NRA: 18363 Groves, Stocken and Groves.

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