Remembering the QEII Hospital

The QEII hospital site - being prepared for housing in June 2017

In 2015 Dr Dennis Lewis MBE and Peter Gibson of the East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust put together a team who were tasked with celebrating the vital and influential role played by the QEII Hospital before that iconic building disappeared from the town's skyline.

Documents from various archives including Mill Green Museum, East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, WGC Library, HALS, and the Welwyn Hatfield Times were consulted and oral histories recorded to capture people’s memories of the QEII. Local historian Angela Eserin went through all the material to write 'The QEII A Hospital's Story', which was launched at an exhibition about the hospital curated by Eleanor Baumber and displayed at the Mill Green Museum gallery in October 2015.

You can listen to clips of the QEII memories recording here and view some of the photographs collected in the Photo Gallery section of this website (click here to visit). The above photograph dated June 2017 shows builders at work preparing what was part of the QEII hospital site for housing.

At first Hill End then QEII - IreneH
At first pre-QEII & opening - MaryP
Auxiliary nurse - BarbaraH
Catering assistant - DianeH
Childbirth & outpatients
Childbirth - BrendaT
GPs & QEII - DrP
Heating ducts - MalcolmT
Joining staff - VernonH
League of Friends - SheilaM
League of Friends finance - DianaH+SheilaM
League of Friends shop manager - DianaH
Nurse training - BevK, CarmelM & LinP
Nurses library - BrendaT
Nursing assistant - JulieV
Pathology dispatch - JoanL
Pathology dispatch - NinaR
Patient - SueO
Processing x-rays - JamesA
Psychiatric dept - DrG
QEII autumn fayre & Xmas - JamesA
Student nurse - LindaC
Student nurse - SueS
Training & nightshift - MarieS
Uniforms & childbirth - BevK, CarmelM & LinP
Ward round - DrD
Winding down closure - BevK, CarmelM & LinP

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