Newham Hospital recently celebrated 35 years since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II opened the hospital on 14 December 1983.
Formerly named the Newham General Hospital, the site was opened in 1983 by HM The Queen under the management of Newham Health Authority. It replaced Queen Mary's Hospital for the East End in Stratford and East Ham Memorial Hospital, providing centralised hospital services for the population of the London Borough of Newham.
A further phase of the hospital, including additional maternity beds, a special care baby unit, a rehabilitation department and an academic centre was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1986.
Hospital management transferred in April 1991 from Newham Health Authority to Newham Healthcare NHS Trust, which in 2004 became Newham University Hospital NHS Trust. In April 2012, the hospital joined with Barts and The London, Mile End and Whipps Cross to become Barts Health NHS Trust.
Earlier this year we found an amazing piece of history hidden in the hospital's cupboards - a book signed by The Queen on the day of the opening.
Newham University Managing Director Tony Halton said this is a great time to reflect on how far Newham has come over the past 35 years.
“This is a time for us to celebrate the past 35 years and all that has been achieved for Newham Hospital and the local community,” he said.
“It’s also a chance to look forward to our 40th birthday and being Good and Outstanding at Newham.
“I am very proud to work at Newham Hospital and I look forward to working with staff into 2019 and beyond to further improve our hospital.”