Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital celebrates 25 years

August 2012

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital is delighted to be celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The Cambridge Lea Hospital was built in 1987 by HCA, on land which was once strawberry fields, providing ingredients for Chivers jam.

In the beginning the hospital had:

  • 30 beds
  • 2 theatres
  • 4 consulting rooms
  • X-ray
  • Physiotherapy

In 1989 the Cambridge Lea was acquired by Bupa. The Bupa hospitals were then acquired by Cinven in August 2007 and the BUPA hospitals rebranded to Spire Healthcare.

Since the original build, the hospital has seen many changes. The hospital employs over 250 people and treats over 35,000 patients a year in partnership with 240 consultants.

Today the hospital has grown to:

  • 68 beds
  • 5 theatres
  • 22 consulting rooms


Click here to read more about Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

In celebration of the last 25 years, Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital was delighted to host a Summer Ball at Childerley Hall, Dry Drayton on Saturday 16th June 2012. The event was originally planned to be held at Chilford Hall, but during the week running up to the event the sad news broke that the original venue had suffered a very bad fire. The Business Development team worked together to ensure the celebration would still go ahead and found the beautiful Childerley Hall. The event was received exceptionally well by staff, consultants and GPs.

Will Knights, Hospital Director said ‘The Ball was a fantastic evening of celebrating everything that is good about the Lea. Following the devastating news on Thursday morning about our original venue the team set about the challenge of finding a new venue. I felt very sorry for the team at Chilford Hall, who not only in one night lost their income, but also an iconic building from the Cambridgeshire Landscape. The new venue at Childerley Hall was superb, and a great night was enjoyed by all.“ 

Speeches from Mr George Lamberty, one of the original founding consultants and Mr Michael Gaunt, MAC Chairman at the 25th Anniversary Ball

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Here are some images of the 25th Anniversary Ball

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