Stoke Mandeville Hospital is
a large hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire,
England, it is one of three hospitals in the Buckinghamshire Hospitals
It is one of the largest hospitals in
and is able to boast the largest
spinal injuries department in the world.
The hospital started out in life in the 1830s. The village of
Mandeville was very
badly hit by the cholera epidemic that swept across England in the early
part of the decade, and so a cholera hospital was established on
the parish border between Stoke Mandeville
It was established out of monies provided by
both parishes, though was built separate from both places as
cholera was very contagious and the inhabitants didn't want to get
By the start of the Twentieth century the hospital had developed
into an Infectious Diseases Hospital, treating all infections, not
just cholera. However the town of Aylesbury was growing, and the
distance between the town and the hospital was getting smaller, and
before long people with infectious diseases could no longer be
treated here because the risk of infecting the local community was
Second World War the hospital was
used to treat military casualties, and was expanded during this
time to cater for the extra patients, so as to support the nearby
Hospital, in the centre of Aylesbury.
It was during
this time that spinal injuries were first treated at the
In 1948 the NHS
was founded and all operations were moved from the Royal Bucks to
Stoke Mandeville, making it the main hospital in Aylesbury.
Aylesbury had, by this time, grown to such an extent that the
hospital became a part of the town.
On the day
of the opening of the 1948 Summer
Olympics in London, Stoke
Mandeville Hospital organised a sports competition for British
World War Two veteran patients with spinal cord injuries.
were held again at the same location in 1952, and Dutch veterans took part alongside the British, making it
the first international competition of its kind.
Stoke Mandeville Games
been described as the precursors of the Paralympic Games
. The Paralympics were
subsequently officialised as a quadrennial event tied to the
Olympic Games, and the first official Paralympic Games, no longer
open solely to war veterans, were held in Rome in 1960
Throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s the hospital was added to
extensively and the new Accident and Emergency Unit was opened.
Also during this period the Ludwig
next door to the hospital, making Stoke Mandeville for the first
time a world centre for paraplegics and spinal injuries.
In the 1970s and 1980s the hospital received support from its
biggest campaigner Jimmy Savile
gave it a high profile on his television appearances, and raised an
immense amount of money for the hospital. He was knighted
for the amount of time he donated. The
hospital was also visited during this time by many distinguished
guests, particularly Diana,
Princess of Wales
, who opened the new International Spinal
Injuries Centre when it was refurbished.
Today the hospital is still growing, with a new maternity unit
opened recently, and plans to refurbish the Accident and Emergency
Unit and further extend the hospital.
New wings have been built in recent years. These have been funded
by the Private Finance
(PFI). The PFI is a scheme where the Government
contract a private company to design, build, finance and manage a
hospital, school, prison or other public service. The company that
does this is usually given a 30 year contract. The company that is
contracted at Stoke Mandeville Hospital is the multinational
Sodexho is also contracted to provide housekeeping, domestics,
catering, vending, portering, non-emergency patient transport,
telecommunications, car parking, security, maintenance, help desk
(non-technical) and switchboard. All of the portering, catering,
domestic, maintenance, security and help desk staff are employed by
Sodexho rather than the NHS Trust. Sodexho also employ a number of
managers at Stoke Mandeville.
||Old age rehab
||Trauma and Orthopaedics
|10/Emergency assessment unit (EAU)
||Discharge lounge, DVT clinic, overflow
||Ophthalmology and overflow
The table above shows the adult wards at Stoke Mandeville
Stoke Mandeville hospital hopes to help educate children in first
aid and runs regular school tours.