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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): H68/AM
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1938 - 1983
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.38 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Atkinson Morley Hospital | Wimbledon


Administrative/Biographical history:

Atkinson Morley Hospital, Copse Hill, Wimbledon was founded in 1869, following a donation from Atkinson Morley, as a convalescent home for patients at Saint George's Hospital. Atkinson Morley was a Governor of Saint George's. During the Second World War, a neurosurgery unit was established at the hospital by Sir Wylie McKissock. After the war, it was decided to develop the hospital as a neuroscience centre and to gradually reduce its use as a convalescent home. In 2003, the neurology services were relocated to a purpose built wing at Saint George's Hospital, Tooting and the hospital closed. The Wolfson Rehabilitation Centre remained on the site in Wimbledon.

The hospital has been administered by the following:
1869 - 1948: Atkinson Morley Hospital/ Saint George's Hospital
1948 - 1974: Saint George's Hospital Teaching Group of South West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board
1974 - 1982: Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Area Health Authority of South West Thames Regional Hospital Board
1982 - 1993: Wandsworth District Health Authority of South West Thames Regional Hospital Board
1993 - 2003: Saint George's Healthcare NHS Trust.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Atkinson Morley Hospital, Wimbledon, including admission and discharge registers, death registers, registers of operations, operating theatre lists, registers of subarachnoid haemorrhage cases.

Administrative records are uncatalogued as of February 2012, please see staff for further details.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

These records are arranged as follows:
H68/AM/B/01 Patients' records: admission and discharge registers;
H68/AM/B/02 Patients' records: death registers;
H68/AM/B/03 Patients' records: registers of operations;
H68/AM/B/04 Patients' records: operating theatre lists;
H68/AM/B/05 Patients' records: registers of subarachnoid haemorrhage cases.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in 1996, 2005 and 2007.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also South West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board (LMA/4431/A), South West Thames Regional Health Authority (LMA/4431/B), South Thames Regional Health Authority (HA/ST), Saint George's Hospital (H68/SG).

Papers relating to the first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner in the UK, at the Atkinson Morley Hospital, Wimbledon, including brain scans, 1974-1976, are held among the records of the Neurosurgery Department of the London Hospital, Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum, reference LH/NS.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
February 2012.