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Report - Sutton Hospital B Block, Surrey - May 2022


RXQueen

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Have been here recently 3 times because I’m greedy lol. Not really, just going with different people….

So was told that there was now access to B block. We had tried last year when we managed to get into A and C. Since then the fence was taken down and replaced with that new green fencing that’s a bugger to climb. The only way is either attempt to climb or wiggle under a gap. Surprisingly we managed, with a lot of breathing in and removal of jumpers, to wriggle under the gap.

B block is knackered. Absolutely covered in graffiti, especially someone calling themselves Blisk who has tagged anything that wasn’t alive. The floors have gone in various places and the basement tunnels are thick with asbestos so we steered clear after looking.

B block is also beautiful in it’s decay; nature creeping in, peeling paint etc. It also has some magnificent cobwebs that are black due to smoke damage where someone has lit a fire on the ground floor. There is still some old medical stuff knocking around As pictured.

As I live fairly local I remember the old hospital including these 3 blocks as open. All that remains are these 3 blocks, the chapel and the building that houses a nursery. A school now stands on the site of what I knew as the eye hospital.

history -

Medical dates:
Medical character:
1899 - 2017

Acute, geriatric. Later, acute, mental
A Cottage Hospital for the area opened in 1899 in two semi-detached houses in Bushey Road, Sutton. The Hospital had six beds.

In 1902 it moved to new premises in Hill Road, becoming known as Sutton Cottage Hospital. It had 12 beds in four small wards and an administrative block.


In 1930 a larger hospital was built on the corner of Chiltern and Cotswold Roads. It opened in 1931 as the Sutton and Cheam District Hospital.

In 1938 the Nurses' Home was enlarged.

In 1939 the Hospital became the Sutton and Cheam General Hospital. During WW2 it had 130 beds as well as ten Emergency Medical Servicebeds for war casualties.

In 1948 it joined the NHS under the control of the St Helier Group Hospital Management Committee, part of the South West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board. A maternity annexe was opened in a converted house which, before the war, had been a private nursing home. The annexe had 21 beds in single and double rooms (4 beds for private patients and 1 amenity bed). The garden of Cedar Court next door was acquired. The Hospital also took over some of the vacant buildings belonging to the neighbouring Downs Hospital for Children, which had closed the same year.

In 1953 two new wards were built. The Hospital then had 146 beds, of which 8 were for private patients and 4 were amenity beds. However, there was a great need for a new Out-Patients Department as the Casualty and X-rays Departments, the dispensary and Almoner's office, were all served by one narrow corridor, also used by patients going to the Pathology Laboratory. (There were some 34,500 out-patient attendances each year.)

In 1957, a new Out-Patients Department was built- a pre-fabricated 'Cornish unit' - at a cost of £16,500. A chapel also opened on the site.

In April 1959, after extensive alterations, the former Downs Hospital for Children re-opened as the Cotswold Wing. The Wing had 136 beds and was used to accommodate geriatric patients from the St Helier Group, the first of whom arrived on 1st July 1959. By the end of the year only one block had fully opened; the second block of 68 beds could not do so because of the lack of nursing staff. The Hospital then had 282 beds, including the new Wing.

In 1966 only 244 of the 282 beds were staffed. The weekly cost of an in-patient was £36 1s 0d (£36.05), compared to £34 9s 11d (£34.50) the previous year.

Work began on converting the ground floor of an empty block in the Cotswold Wing into an Ophthalmic Out-Patients Department. The new Department was opened on 26th April 1967 by Mr A.J. Cameron, senior ophthalmic surgeon to the Hospital, who had retired a few years earlier.

In 1970 the weekly cost of an in-patient was £51.63, which increased to £59.77 in the following year.

In 1974, following a major reorganisation of the NHS, the Hospital came under the administration of the Sutton and West Merton District Health Authority, part of the South West Thames Regional Health Authority.

In 1982, after another major reorganisation, it came under the control of the Merton and Sutton District Health Authority.

In 1983 a Day Surgery Unit was opened.

Further improvements were made in 1990 and work began on building an Orthopaedic Surgery Unit, which opened in January 1991.

In 1999, following yet another major reorganisation, the Hospital joined the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust.

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Olkka

28DL Regular User
Regular User
This is one of the first places I went to when I started the hobby. I thought it had been demolished and built over already so this was a nice bit of nostalgia to see!
 

RXQueen

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
This is one of the first places I went to when I started the hobby. I thought it had been demolished and built over already so this was a nice bit of nostalgia to see!
Yeah, majority has been demolished for the school. I’ve waited years to get in here, managed 2 last year so great to complete it
 

HomeAtLast

28DL Member
28DL Member
Fantastic report and photos. I think this is what most people imagine if you say derelict buildings are beautiful. I love your photos, they really capture what must have been a great visit. I particularly like the pic of the chair in the corridor, very atmospheric. Just out of interest, do you use a phone camera (I know newer ones are great quality) or are you using a camera?

Cheers Steve
 

RXQueen

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Fantastic report and photos. I think this is what most people imagine if you say derelict buildings are beautiful. I love your photos, they really capture what must have been a great visit. I particularly like the pic of the chair in the corridor, very atmospheric. Just out of interest, do you use a phone camera (I know newer ones are great quality) or are you using a camera?

Cheers Steve
These were all taken on my iPhone 11 but usually I use a canon DSLR. And thank you
 

HomeAtLast

28DL Member
28DL Member
Fantastic, thanks for the info. My daughter has an iPhone and it takes really nice pictures too. My son has just agreed to loan me his camera for my next outing!

Cheers Steve
 

snoided

28DL Member
28DL Member
Great pics, went for a bit of an exterior scout round here recently but couldn't see a clear enough way in to balls jumping the fence... Will definitely be planning a return trip in the next week or 2 as have had it on the back-burner for a while.
 

RXQueen

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Great pics, went for a bit of an exterior scout round here recently but couldn't see a clear enough way in to balls jumping the fence... Will definitely be planning a return trip in the next week or 2 as have had it on the back-burner for a while.
Thanks. If you’re small enough there is a way under. I’m a size 12 to give an idea, I managed it with plenty of breathing in and taking my time.
 

RXQueen

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Going Saturday sooooo excited hopefully we can get it are there any security we should know about
No secca as such but there are lots of ambulances parked around so just be wary of attracting attention of the paramedics. If you fail then try again later in the early evening
 

snoided

28DL Member
28DL Member
No secca as such but there are lots of ambulances parked around so just be wary of attracting attention of the paramedics. If you fail then try again later in the early evening
Just got back today, got the B block explore done but then as we went back in to scout A and C block got shouted at by some paramedics
 

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