Freedom Fields Hospital

Freedom Fields Hospital was an acute hospital in Plymouth which closed in 1998. The site formerly occupied by the hospital has now been largely redeveloped for residential use.

Freedom Fields Hospital
Freedom Fields Hospital
Shown in Devon
LocationPlymouth, United Kingdom
Coordinates50.3785°N 4.1289°W / 50.3785; -4.1289
Care systemPublic NHS
Hospital typeGeneral
ListsHospitals in the United Kingdom


The facility was designed by Arthur and Dwelly as a workhouse and built on a site to the east of the junction of Longfield Place and Greenbank Road between 1852 and 1858.[1] Enlargements included a major expansion of the medical facilities between 1907 and 1910.[1] It became the Greenbank Infirmary in 1909 and the Plymouth City Hospital in 1930.[1]

The building was bombed several times in attacks on the areas surrounding Plymouth Sound during the Second World War. One young girl was killed in a ward block on the night of 13 January 1941 and, shortly after a new maternity block had been opened by Lord Astor, four nurses, nineteen babies and one mother were killed in that block on the night of 20 March 1940.[2] After it joined the National Health Service in 1948, it was renamed Freedom Fields Hospital.[1]

Renal services transferred to the new Derriford Hospital in 1982, maternity services transferred there in 1994 and the remaining services transferred in February 1998.[2] The site has now been largely redeveloped for residential use.[1]


  1. "Plymouth". Workhouses. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  2. Moseley, Brian (4 April 2011). "Freedom Fields Hospital". The Encyclopaedia of Plymouth History. Archived from the original on 5 July 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
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