From present day back to early beginnings

Florence 200
blue enamel badge with florence cross design and 'outstanding every time' inscription

commemorative badge designed by ArtCare

Commemorative badge presented to all nursing & midwifery staff on Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary and marking International Year of the Nurse & Midwife.

NHS70 celebrations
Staff singing with keyboard accompaniment

Staff singing NHS70 song

Hospital staff celebrate 70yrs of the NHS on 5th July 2018.

New Eye Clinic opens
Eye clinic yellow zone, chairs with yellow vinyl and bright yellow flower artworks

Yellow waiting area

Ophthalmology services move from Level 3 of the main hospital to a separate new Eye clinic building.

New Children’s Unit opens
Wall cladding printed with fun beach hut gallery design

Children’s Outpatients

A dedicated children’s unit opens comprising of outpatient departments, a Day Assessment Unit and the Sarum inpatient Ward, as well as secure outside play spaces.

Extension to Salisbury District Hospital opens
Printed silhouettes of birds on corridor glass

‘Sky birds’ corridor, hospital extension

A new 3-level extension to Salisbury District Hospital is completed providing additional wards and outpatient departments, as well as a new Burns Unit. Princess Anne officially opens the new Burns Unit theatres.

Salisbury General Infirmary closes
Removal lorry outside the Infirmary building

Moving services from the Infirmary

A celebration service is held on 1st May 1993 at Salisbury Cathedral to commemorate the closing of Salisbury General Infirmary in Fisherton Street and the move of healthcare services to the new Salisbury District Hospital at Odstock.

Medical services transfer

Starting in 1991 and continuing throughout 1992 all medical services transfer to Salisbury District Hospital at Odstock from across Salisbury.

Duke of Cornwall Spinal Unit opens
3D model of the spinal injuries treatment centre, adjoining the main hospital

Architects model of Spinal Injury Unit

In 1984 the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Injuries Unit is officially opened at Salisbury District Hospital.

Pioneering operating theatres
Jeanne Yates next to operating table

Jeanne Yates in the new theatre

Nurse Jeanne Yates oversees the introduction of new pioneering operating theatres at Odstock hospital site.

Harcourt House opens
Nurses sitting outside Harcourt House

Nurses outside Harcourt House

A new site for nurse training, closer to Salisbury General Infirmary is needed. Harcourt House opens in 1953 and continues to train nurses until 1992 when it closes and the Infirmary moves up to Odstock.

Plastic surgery unit opens
Photo Dr John Barron

Dr John Barron

Dr Barron opens new plastic surgery unit at Odstock, the site of the current Salisbury District Hospital.

NHS begins

On the 5th July 1948 a new National Health Service, known as the NHS was launched. It was founded on the view that healthcare should be available to everyone and free at the point of delivery. The experiences of the Second World War provided the catalyst to pull hospitals, GPs, pharmacists, opticians and dentists together into one national organisation.

Nurse training at New Hall, Bodenham
New Hall exterior

New hall from garden

New Hall at Bodenham is leased to establish a nurse training school which continues to train nurses until 1952.

Harvard Common Cold Unit opens
Aerial view of Common Cold Unit buildings

Common Cold Unit from the air

The Harvard Common Cold Unit opens on the site of US Red Cross World War 2 hospital in Harnham. It continues research until it finally closes in 1990.

Dr Darmady constructs first kidney dialysis machine
Dr Darmady checking machine connected to patient's arm

Darmady attends to patient

Dr Darmady experiments with the construction of the first kidney dialysis machine made partly of old Spitfire engines.

US army transfers patients to Odstock
US army on parade with flag flying

US forces on weekly parade retreat, 1940s

On the 12th December 1942 the US army transferred patients to a site at Odstock, near Salisbury. The site was built to receive casualties from northern France and would later treat soldiers wounded in the D-Day landings in 1944.

Heale House opens
Heale House

Front of Heale House

Heale House in the Woodford Valley opens as an annexe to the Salisbury General Infirmary to treat wounded soldiers during World War 2.

New Outpatients Hall built
T. E. Lawrence dressed in Arabian robes

Lawrence of Arabia

A new Outpatients hall is built at Salisbury General Infirmary in memory of T. E. Lawrence.

Carnival held for hospital
Children and adults dressed up for hospital carnival

Carnival in support of Infirmary, 1930

A carnival is held across the city to raise funds for the hospital

Peace parade
Youth marching in parade dressed in shorts, shirt and tie

Youth marching group in matching costume

Peace parade held to celebrate the end of WW1

Red Cross hospital, Harnham
Harnham Hospital buildings viewed from road

Harnham Red Cross Hospital, and former workhouse, 1970s

Red Cross hospital at Harnham cares for wounded soldiers during WW1

Isolation hospital opens
Old Sarum Isolation Hospital

Old Sarum Isolation Hospital

An Isolation hospital at Old Sarum opens treating mainly children during epidemics. The hospital closes in 1951

Electricity connected to Infirmary
Patient on operating table with lighting, equipment nurses and doctor attending

Operation using electric light at Infirmary

Electricity is connected to Salisbury General Infirmary for the first time and is used to provide light in the operating theatres

Fisherton Asylum opens
Watercolour image of Old Manor

Watercolour painting of Old Manor Hospital

Fisherton Asylum opens in around 1813, which later becomes the Old Manor Mental Hospital. The site is now the present day Fountain Way Hospital.

Salisbury General Infirmary opens
Drawing of the Salisbury General Infirmary, 1771

The new Infirmary building, 1771

Salisbury General Infirmary opens in a new building in Fisherton Street

Salisbury General Infirmary – the beginning

Salisbury General Infirmary starts up in existing buildings on the site of Fisherton Street

Meeting in The Vine
Newspaper clipping describes the meeting at The Vine, 1766

Earl of Radnor presides over meeting

First meeting in The Vine to discuss the formation of a new hospital for Salisbury

Lord Feversham bequest
Portrait of Lord Feversham

Lord Feversham

Lord Feversham leaves £500 from estate towards the creation of hospital in Salisbury

Trinity Hospital founded
Exterior of Trinity Hospital today

Trinity Hospital Almshouse present day

Trinity Hospital founded by Agnes Bottenham

St Nicholas Hospital founded
St Nicholas Hospital

St Nicholas Hospital, Salisbury

St Nicholas Hospital founded by Robert Bingham, Bishop of Salisbury