Brighton hospital building is named after the city’s first female doctor

A new hospital building is named after the city’s first female doctor.

The new £483m Louisa Martindale building at Royal Sussex County Hospital will house over 30 wards and departments and will feature state-of-the-art facilities.

Her name was one of 690 suggestions submitted during the selection process, with the NHS encouraging residents to come up with their own ideas for naming the building, which is due to open next spring.

During her career, she pioneered the use of radium to treat gynecological cancers, working as a surgeon in France during World War I and in London during World War II.

Argus readers supported the proposal during the consultation, with Sandra Vincent saying she would be a suitable person to be honored in this way.

The Argus: Louisa Martindale was the city's first female doctor and a pioneer of medicineLouisa Martindale was the city’s first female doctor and a pioneer of medicine (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Karen Geoghegan, Chief Finance Officer of the University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted that we can pay tribute to Lousia Martindale in this way – she was a pioneer in medicine, surgery and primary care and a local figure that we in Sussex can be very proud of.

“The consultation process produced a great number of brilliant proposals, including recognizing many people who have done amazing things in the healthcare field, but we felt that Louisa Martindale was a truly deserving individual and we are so proud that our fantastic new building this can honor your work and life.”

The 11-story building will provide a significantly improved hospital environment for patients, families and staff.

Some of the services provided in the Louisa Martindale Building will be moved from the neighboring 1828 Barry Building.

The Argus: One of the single en-suite rooms in the new medical wardOne of the single en-suite rooms in the new medical ward

Further work is required before the building itself is completed, after which around 16,000 pieces of equipment and furniture will be moved in and the building will be thoroughly cleaned for the patients.

Peter Larsen-Disney, the clinical lead for the construction project, said: “We understand how much work remains to be done before we can begin moving patients and staff into the Louisa Martindale Building, but we can also see how fantastic it is this facility will be.

“Patients and staff have been waiting for this for many years, and it means better care and a better experience for patients and visitors, and a changed work environment for staff.”

Who Was Louisa Martindale?

Born in Essex in 1872, Louisa Martindale moved to Brighton with her family in 1885 and attended Brighton High School for Girls.

After receiving her doctorate in medicine in 1906, she opened her own general practice and was instrumental in establishing the New Sussex Hospital for Women on Windlesham Road, Brighton.

In addition to her illustrious career in medicine, she has also served as a judge, prison commissioner, and member of the National Council for Women.

Louisa retired from practice in 1947, having performed over 7,000 surgeries, and died at her home in London in 1966, aged 93. Brighton hospital building is named after the city’s first female doctor

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