Royal Preston Hospital

In 1962 the Government published “A Hospital Plan for England and Wales” which proposed that the future pattern of hospital services should be based on district general hospitals of 600 to 800 beds and where specialist skills and facilities could be concentrated on one site.  The plan recommended that a new district general hospital, with regional specialities, should be built in Preston, as the main conurbation in the North West outside Manchester.

In 1975 work began on phase one of the hospital building, which included an 'Accident and Emergency Department' and 'Outpatients Department'.

In 1977 work on the second phase of wards and theatres began, and the third phase, staff residential accommodation, followed soon after.

The hospital’s first patient was treated on 12 January 1981 in the outpatient Physiotherapy Department.  Many services transferred to the new hospital during the next few months and years.  Royal Preston Hospital was officially opened on 1 June 1983 by Her Royal Highness, Diana, The Princess of Wales.

Royal Preston Hospital continued to expand and in 1985 a £1.5 million regional kidney unit was opened.  The hospital opened its first satellite kidney dialysis unit at Accrington Victoria Hospital in 1989.

A new medical library in the Neurosurgical Department, which formed the basis of a leading research facility and promoted neuroscience education and research in Preston, opened in 1990.

Philip Schofield opened the Children’s Clinic in 1994, the same year in which the
Chris Chell Endoscopy Unit and a new Pathology Laboratory opened. 

In 1994 Royal Preston Hospital and Sharoe Green Hospital officially became Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

A new dedicated Day Case Surgery Unit opened in January 1996, and the Rosemere Cancer Foundation was established the following year.  The Cancer Centre was formally designated as a regional speciality in 1999.

On 1 August 2002 Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust and Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust merged to form Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

HRH The Princess Royal officially opened the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Centre in 2002.

A new £17m maternity and gynaecology unit opened at Royal Preston Hospital in September 2004, resulting in the closure of Sharoe Green Hospital.  In the same year a new £6m Medical Rehabilitation Unit opened.

Professor Sir Liam Donaldson opened a state-of-the-art Education Centre in 2004.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust became a foundation trust in 2005.