Report - Queen Elizabeth Children's Hospital - Hackney - April 2014

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28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Sep 17, 2011

In 1870, a small 26-bed hospital was opened here & known as North-Eastern Hospital and Dispensary.In 1893, a new building fund began, this allowed the Hackney Road site to be expanded and new ward accommodation to be added. In 1942 it amalgamated with the Princess Elizabeth of York Hospital for Children, Shadwell to become The Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children. In 1948, the hospital became part of the newly created NHS and in 1967 was amalgamated with Great Ormond Street Hospital.In 1996 the hospital became part of The Royal Hospitals Trust, now Barts and The London NHS Trust.

In 1992, Michael Jackson was greeted by 2000 cheering fans as he landed at Haggerston Park in a helicopter with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse where he visited the children at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children.

In 1997, the services of the hospital were relocated to The Royal London Hospital, where they retain their historical identity through their current name, The Queen Elizabeth Children's Service a title granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The hospital had one of the country's most important pathological laboratories for the investigation of child diseases.

Despite English Heritage advising the Council that proposed demolition would involve the loss of historic fabric that had potential to provide historical information on the development of healthcare in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries all but the façade of the Hospital will be swept away in order to build two six storey residential blocks which will accommodate 188 flats.

The Explore

Visited with Sentinal, and a very drunk The_Raw.

This was a stupidly early start for myself. Woke up at 3.30am to get to Sentinel's house for 5am. We scoped out the access point that The_Raw had reccy'd but as we were about to go in we noticed a camera pointing straight at us. After an on-the-fly descision that was far too risky for my liking we were in. Unfortunately the demo team have been in and stripped most of the rooms, but there were a few small gems still remaining.

As we were coming to the end of the explore down in one of the basement rooms, The_Raw runs into the room me and Sentinal were in and just says, we have to hide, there are people in the building. We rushed to the nearest open door that was furthest away from where he had spotted 2 people in suits that appeared to be actively looking around and knew where they were going. We can only assume they were fairly high up in chain of the demo company and were doing a quick survey. But it meant that all 3 of us ended up crammed into a shower cubicle in this bathroom for about half an hour and waiting for them to leave. After a quick peek round the corner we swiftly legged it.

The photos


It's very easy to walk round these places and completely forget that they were places of work or in this case sadness and most likely suffering. So it is this sight that quickly bought up a lot of emotions to see some height markings on a wall from some of the patients there.


We never did find the mortuary :( as with most hospitals they are a bit of a maze, but if we did come across it, its been stripped and you wouldn't have known.


It's not a proper derp without a wheelchair making an appearance!


And it's not a Bassboyjoe report without a high contrast black and white image!


What's left of one of the operating theatres, with a rather creepy saying on the wall. 'Everyday is a holiday'


Anaesthetist's notes for a patient





Scenes like this really hit home. The whole place is covered with murals and paintings like this, but this room had more in one place than anywhere else in the hospital



Still a few remaining gems, but you have to search them out!


And finally, the find of the day!
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28DL Regular User
Regular User
Dec 17, 2013
Nice photos and report was a good explore..feel a little closer being stuck in a shower cubicle with you guys..what I sight if they caught us