BIRMINGHAM SKIN HOSPITAL

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The Birmingham and Midland Hospital for Skin and Urinary Diseases, was originally located in premises at the corner of Newhall and Lionel Streets, founded by the late Dr. T.P. Heslop, it opened on the 10th January 1881. It was transferred to new buildings costing, £5,000 including furnishing in John Bright Street, , and opened on 7 June 1888. It was a building of red brick in the Queen Anne style, and had three entrances on the ground floor, one for the staff, one in Beak Street for male patients and a third for Women and children in John Bright Street; the interior consisted of a spacious consulting room, waiting rooms for 180 Women and 150 Men, registry office, Dispensary and Board room; on the floor above was the In Patients department, with 21 beds, and an operating theatre; the second floor is appropriated to domestic purposes and in the basement are medicated baths. Patients were admitted on payment of a small registration fee, but if unable to pay this, are treated free. The hospital opened every afternoon at 1.30, and on Monday and Tuesday evenings at 6.30. The hospital treated about 6,000 patients a year, of which 5,500 pay fees, and the total treated in the ten years up to† the 31st December, 1898, was 62,568.

By 1930 it was known as The Birmingham and Midland Skin Hospital. In 1935, it moved to premises in George Road, Edgbaston, but keeping the premises in the city as a out patient department, until 1983, when it closed George Road closed in 1994, and the hospital relocated to Dudley Road Hospital now City Hospital.