The history of Spire St Anthony’s Hospital

In 1904, North Cheam House stood in open countryside. Purchased by the Daughters of the Cross for £4625, it became St Anthony's Hospital.

By 1914 the Sisters had replaced the original house, with an imposing building of three storeys and 163 foot frontage of polished brick.

With the founding of the National Health Service in 1948, patients paying according to their means gave way to mainly NHS-financed patients at St Anthony's. The unexpected ending of St Anthony's NHS contract in the early 1970s coincided with the need to rebuild yet again. This resulted in a highly innovative hospital, designed to further the principles of patient centred care which the Sisters had always advocated. With a speciality in cardiac surgery, the third St Anthony's set ever new standards in patient care, that spread its reputation far beyond the local area.

St Raphael's Hospice was established in 1987. A beautiful building standing in the grounds of Spire St Anthony's Hospital, its special care and services were to be provided totally free of charge to all those in need. Extended by the Sisters in 1997, St. Raphael's plays a vital part in the provision of palliative care to local patients and their families – and also in the specialist training of nurses and doctors.

The Daughters of the Cross sold St Anthony’s hospital to private healthcare group Spire Healthcare in 2014.

Sister Marie Therese, Founder of the Daughters of the Cross

1904, the first St Anthony's. This hospital held 10-40 beds.

By 1907, the hospital had five wards and a sanatorium for children suffering from tuberculosis. By 1908, St Anthony's had the capacity to treat about 70 patients.

By 1914 the hospital was expanded to a much larger building and this second, 100 bed hospital opened in 1915.

In 1934, the General Nursing Council approved a three-hospital training arrangement for State Registered Nurses. The St Anthony's school trained more than 1,600 nurses and remained open until 1972.

With the creation of the NHS in 1948, St Anthony's had begun to accept national health patients. However in 1962 the Regional Hospital Board decided to no longer send NHS patients, so plans for a new 80 bed hospital were drawn up.

The idea was to have every patient in their own room. Building work started in 1972 and on 9th June 1975 the new hospital opened and admitted its first patient.

The Sisters wished to offer a new services, free of charge to the local community and opened St Raphael’s Hospice in June 1989. Dutchess of Norfolk with Matron, Sister Mary Perpetua.

New cutting-edge technology was employed at the hospital which attracted patients from overseas. Waiting lists began to grow, especially for cardiac procedures.

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