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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): H68/GR
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1899-1954
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.91 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Grove Fever Hospital x Grove Hospital | Tooting


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Metropolitan Asylums Board opened the Grove Fever Hospital on a site in Tooting in 1899. The hospital treated patients with infectious diseases such as scarlet fever, diphtheria and enteric fever. During the First World War, it became the Grove Military Hospital with 550 beds, mainly treating soldiers with war injuries. Parts of the hospital were still designated for infectious diseases, tuberculosis and dermatology. In 1920, it returned to be a fever hospital with around 500 beds. In 1930, the London County Council took administrative control of the Hospital. During World War Two, as well as patients with infectious diseases, civilian air-raid casualties were admitted. The hospital joined the National Health Service in 1948 under the control of the Wandsworth Hospital Group as the Grove Hospital. Soon after, the Ministry of Health decided to rebuild Saint George's Hospital, Hyde Park Corner on the Grove and Fountain Hospital sites. The Ministry requested that 150 beds at Grove Hospital should be made available to Saint George's Hospital. At a similar time, 50 beds were also made available for patients from Saint James' Hospital in Balham which was temporarily closed for rebuilding. In 1953, the hospital became the responsibility of Saint George's Hospital. By 1958, it was renamed Saint George's Hospital, Tooting Branch.

The hospital has been administered by the following:
1899-1930: Metropolitan Asylums Board
1930-1948: London County Council
1948-1953: Wandsworth Hospital Teaching Group of South West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board
1953-1958: Saint George's Hospital Teaching Group of South West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Grove Hospital, including post mortem examinations; staff registers; records of appointments, transfers and promotions; records of resignations; matron's reports; staff rules.

Administrative and financial 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/GR/B/01 Patients' records: post mortem examinations;
H68/GR/C/01 Staff records: staff registers;
H68/GR/C/02 Staff records: records of appointments, transfers and promotions;
H68/GR/C/03 Staff records: records of resignations;
H68/GR/C/04 Staff records: matron's reports;
H68/GR/C/05 Staff records: rules.

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 Metropolitan Asylums Board (MAB/2376-2379), London County Council (LCC/MIN/02530-02532, LCC/PH/HOSP/03/015-018), South West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board (LMA/4431/A), South Thames Regional Health Authority (HA/ST).

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.

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