21 August 2014
Spire Leeds Hospital is celebrating 25 years of caring for the health and wellbeing of patients from Yorkshire and across the country.
Spire Leeds Hospital opened in September 1989, responding to the need for a high-tech private hospital in the region. Over the course of the past 25 years the hospital has become well known both nationally and internationally for its services. Today it has six state-of-the-art operating theatres, 88 beds, and more than 350 consultants providing a wide range of services to private and NHS patients.
The Grade II listed building has a rich history. Allerton Hall, later renamed Roundhay Hall, was originally built in 1841-42 as a home for William Smith, a Leeds stuff (manufactured fabric) merchant, who was mayor of Leeds in 1840. The architect was Samuel Sharp. William Smith’s brother Samuel was a famous surgeon of the time at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and a painting of Samuel still hangs in the main hallway at the LGI.
After a succession of owners, the Hall was renamed Roundhay Hall in 1913 when bought by Sir Edward Allen Brotherton, a chemical manufacturer, who put his family coat of arms above the door where it remains. During the Second World War, Roundhay Hall was first used as a hospital, when it became a 62-bed annexe to Leeds General Infirmary who bought it in 1945 and later used it as a preliminary training school for nurses between 1951 and 1969.
In 1974 the Hospital for Women moved from its site in Coventry Place to Roundhay Hall. After the hospital closed the hall stood empty until it was sold to BUPA in 1986. In 1989 it opened as BUPA Hospital Leeds; an 85-bed hospital following a £12 million renovation project to ensure the hall retained its full grandeur whilst developing modern-day medical facilities for the population of Yorkshire and beyond.
In 2007 the parent company Spire Healthcare was formed from the sale of BUPA Hospitals to private equity company Cinven.
Investment in the hospital’s services and facilities continued at a pace with the opening in 2009 of both the hospital’s “cardiac ablation” theatre, treating patients from all over the region for heart rhythm problems, and also the opening of a brand new cancer suite.
Over the last few years, Spire Leeds Hospital opened private outreach clinics in Ilkley and Harrogate to provide access to Spire’s leading consultants in local areas.
Dr. Gordon Williams, consultant cardiologist and one of the first consultants to join the hospital said: “I was involved with the hospital at the planning and development stages and I have worked here on a regular basis since it opened. It was one of the first private hospitals in the region to perform complex heart surgery and over the years, it has continued to develop and keep up with the latest technology. It is a pleasure to work here - I can give my patients one-to-one care and I have the support of an excellent hospital team.”
The hospital is planning several events to mark its 25th anniversary, including an Afternoon Tea party on Friday, August 29, which will bring together patients, consultants and staff with long-standing connections and will be attended by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr. David Congreve and Lady Mayoress, Janet Harper JP.