In 1936 the Radcliffe Infirmary treated four members of the British Union of Fascists following the Battle of Carfax. A number of pioneering moments in medical history occurred at the hospital. Penicillin was first tested on patients on 27 January 1941 and the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology was founded on the site in 1942.
The Radcliffe Infirmary became an independent NHS Trust in 1993, and part of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust in 1999. The Radcliffe Infirmary closed in late 2007, with services moving in the main to the John Radcliffe Hospital West Wing. The building now belongs to the University of Oxford.
On 27th January 1941 the first dose of penicillin was given intravenously to man at the Radcliffe Infirmary, and on 1st July that year the first accident service in Great Britain began. With the advent of the National Health Service in 1948 the Radcliffe Infirmary surrendered its independent status and became part of the United Oxford Hospitals, the Hospital Management Committee for Oxford.
June 12, 2020 A commemorative plaque, paid for by The Radcliffe Trust, is now installed on the wall of the Old Radcliffe Infirmary. A ‘socially distanced’ unveiling took place in May 2020, and a more formal event is planned for when lock-down restrictions are eased. The plaque reads;
- Breathing Life Into A Historic Hospital.
- Layers of history.
- Philosophic Approach.
The historic Radcliffe Infirmary development was acquired by the University of Oxford in 2007. The university wanted to convert the old hospital site into open-plan offices for its Theology and Humanities faculties and eventual home to the Vice Chancellor’s Office.
We were challenged with developing designs that would be sympathetic to the Grade II listed building. The layouts were taken back to those originally in place during the 18th century. Internally, its use as a hospital had dictated much of the current character of the infirmary building, with layer upon layer of minor alterations to the original fab...
Our team worked hard to develop a natural ventilation scheme that achieved the best indoor air quality possible, but didn’t compromise acoustic performance or the conditions imposed by the Grade II listing. It was a meticulous project; we used modelling software to give careful consideration to the design and performance of primary plant, which mea...
The Radcliffe Infirmary. John Radcliffe left £4000 towards funding a hospital in Oxford, and a five-acre site in the fields of St Giles was donated by Thomas Rowney (MP for Oxford 1722–1759). The foundation stone was laid on 27 August 1761, the physicians and surgeons were elected on 13 September 1770, and the hospital opened on 18 October 1770, ...
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