Battle Hospital

Details

Name :

Battle Hospital

Address  :

344 Oxford Road

Town  :

Reading

State  :

Berkshire

Country  :

UK

Post Code:

RG30 1AG

Phone  :

0118 9583666

Fax  :

0118 9636503

Web URL  :

Not Available
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Description

Battle Hospital was a National Health Service hospital in the town of Reading in the English county of Berkshire The hospital was located on a large site between Oxford Road and Portman Road in West Reading

Battle Hospital began its life in 1867 as a workhouse the Reading Union Workhouse Between 1889 and 1892 an infirmary was added with 185 beds for vagrants During the First World War it became the Reading War Hospital In 1930 it became a municipal hospital taking the name Battle Hospital for the first time In 1948 by now with 384 beds Battle Hospital became a general hospital under the new National Health Service1

In 1952 a new maternity unit Thames Block opened In 1972 the new single storey Abbey block opened By 1993 Battle Hospital had 280 beds compared with 760 beds at Readings other general hospital the Royal Berkshire Hospital Both hospitals were administered by the Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals NHS Trust1

In 2005 the hospital closed with all its patients and services transferred to the Royal Berkshire Hospital A new block at that hospital built to accommodate the extra capacity required to support this move was named the Battle Block1

The hospital has since been demolished The western half of the site is now occupied by a large Tesco supermarket with its supporting car parks and filling station The eastern part of the site is being redeveloped as a housing estate
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