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Royal Masonic Hospital
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Royal Masonic Hospital
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Location within Hammersmith and Fulham
LocationRavenscourt Park, London, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°29′47″N0°14′26″W / 51.496333°N 0.240646°W / 51.496333; -0.240646 Coordinates: 51°29′47″N0°14′26″W / 51.496333°N 0.240646°W / 51.496333; -0.240646
Care system Private
Affiliated university None
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Emergency department No Accident & Emergency
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Lists Hospitals in England

The Royal Masonic Hospital was a hospital in the Ravenscourt Park area of Hammersmith, west London, built and opened in 1933. [1] The grade II* listed building [2] became the Ravenscourt Park Hospital in 2002, but this closed in 2006. [3] In ay 2015 the hospital was expected to reopen in 2017 as the 150-bed London International Hospital, a centre for medical tourism. [4] However, London International Hospital Limited commenced winding up proceedings on 30 March 2017, and was dissolved on 28 March 2018, owing £15 million to the Imperial College Healthcare Trust. [5]

Ravenscourt Park park in Hammersmith, London

Ravenscourt Park or RCP is an 8.3 hectare public park and garden located in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. It is one of the Borough's flagship parks, having won a Green Flag Award. Stamford Brook and Ravenscourt Park tube stations are close by.

Hammersmith district in west London, England

Hammersmith is a district of west London, England, located 4.3 miles (6.9 km) west-southwest of Charing Cross. It is the administrative centre of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.

Listed building Protected historic structure in the United Kingdom

A listed building, or listed structure, is one that has been placed on one of the four statutory lists maintained by Historic England in England, Historic Environment Scotland in Scotland, Cadw in Wales, and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in Northern Ireland.



The Freemasons' War Hospital, was opened by London Freemasons with support from lodges in Gloucestershire (Royal York Lodge, Stroud) and around England during the First World War in Fulham Road, London, in the premises of the former Chelsea Hospital for Women, and treated over 4,000 servicemen by the end of the war. In 1920 it opened as the Freemason's Hospital and Nursing Home, but outgrew its premises. The new hospital was opened by King George V and Queen Mary, and the king gave permission for the hospital to be renamed as the Royal Masonic Hospital. [1]

Freemasonry group of fraternal organizations

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World War I 1914–1918 global war starting in Europe

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Queen Charlottes and Chelsea Hospital Hospital in Du Cane Road, London

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The hospital was re-built in 1933. The architect was Thomas S. Tait, and the building was awarded the RIBA Gold Medal for the best building of the year in 1933. [6] The red-brick building "combines straight lines with spectacular curved balconies", and has large concrete relief figures of Hebe and Aesculapius by sculptor Gilbert Bayes. [2] The adjacent nurses' home is grade II listed. [7] It was re-opened by King George V. [8]

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Hebe (mythology) Ancient Greek goddess of youth

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Gilbert Bayes British artist

Gilbert William Bayes was an English sculptor.

The hospital treated over 8,600 servicemen during the Second World War, and remained independent when the National Health Service was founded in 1948. [1] The Wakefield Wing, with new physiotherapy and pathology departments, accommodation for nurses, and a chapel, was opened in 1958, and a new surgical wing in 1976. [2] From 1977 it began to accept paying non-Mason patients, but financial pressures led to its closure and acquisition in 1992 by the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, not without controversy. [1] [9]

World War II 1939–1945, between Axis and Allies

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from more than 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 70 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.

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The hospital reopened in 2002 as the Ravenscourt Park Hospital within the NHS, but closed again in 2006. [3]

In 2012 it was stated that the building was being redeveloped by the C & C Alpha Group to house the London International Hospital, which would specialise in cancer and diseases of the heart and brain. [10] [11] In 2015 it was acquired by VPS Healthcare who proposed to reopen it as the 150-bed London International Hospital in 2017, which would be "the centre for tourists to travel to the capital city for state-of-the-art medical care". [4]

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VPS Healthcare is a multinational healthcare group headquartered at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The group was founded in 2007 by Indian-born businessman Shamsheer Vayalil. The healthcare group now runs 23 hospitals and about 125 medical centres spread across in the Middle East, Europe and India.

London International Hospital Limited terminated the remaining site service contracts and returned the site to Imperial College Healthcare Trust on 4 July 2016; it commenced winding up proceedings on 30 March 2017, and was dissolved on 28 March 2018, owing £15 million to the Trust. [5] [12]

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