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About us

Croydon Health Services

Our Vision

"Excellent integrated care for you and your family, when and where you need it”

Croydon Health Services provide acute and community healthcare services across the borough of Croydon either in patient’s own homes or from clinics and specialist centres, including Croydon University Hospital and Purley War Memorial Hospital in Purley, which recently underwent an £11 million refurbishment and re-opened in the summer of 2013.

Around 3,500 staff provide services for a population of over 380,000 people who are relatively young with a high level of ethnic diversity.

The Trust was formed on 1st August 2010 through the integration of Croydon Community Health Services and Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust.


Here for you

At Croydon Health Services we promise that we are always here for you. 

We promise everyone in Croydon, whether you are in hospital, in the community or at home, that we will do our best to ensure: 

These promises, developed with our patients, carers and staff help us deliver the pledges in the NHS Constitution and our own corporate objectives. 

Our Objectives

  • To deliver high quality, integrated, people-centred services that meets the needs of the people who use our services
  • To ensure staff are able, empowered and responsible for the delivery of effective and compassionate care
  • To secure value for money and ensure the financial sustainability of the Trust
  • To work with partners to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Croydon

Brief History of the Estate

The history of the Trust’s estate graphically demonstrates the changing healthcare needs of local people starting with the Union Workhouse built in 1866 on the site of what was to become later, Queens Hospital.

As needs changed the Croydon General Hospital was opened in 1876 and a rise in infectious diseases saw the New Union Infirmary open in 1885. The Infirmary was renamed for its location as the Mayday Road Hospital eventually becoming Mayday University Hospital.

The Waddon Isolation Hospital was opened in 1896 and closed in 1982 as the need for this type of specialist hospital diminished.

As healthcare needs and the population increased St Mary’s Maternity Hospital and Purley War Memorial Hospital were opened to provide facilities in the expanding southern part of the Croydon area.

The Health Service Act of 1946 placed the management of the hospitals in the Croydon area in the hands of the Croydon and Warlingham Park Group Hospital Management Committee until Government changes led to the formation in 1993 of Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust.

In the last fifty years of the 20th Century the consolidation of acute services led to the closure of Waddon, St Mary’s, Queens and Croydon General Hospitals.

This was paralleled with the development of:

  • Mayday Hospital including the Chest and Eye Clinic in 1954
  • Pathology and Outpatients in 1966
  • Pharmacy and X-Ray in 1967
  • Accident and Emergency in 1969 (replaced in 1996 and modernised and expanded several times since)
  • The Surgical Block in 1984
  • Main entrance in 1997
  • Energy Centre in 1999

In addition, during the 1990s, the Trust opened the Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Centre in a rented building in Thornton Heath.

The Jubilee Wing, a new ward block comprising eleven wards and a day surgery unit, opened in 2004 enabling the closure of existing Nightingale Wards at both Mayday and Purley Hospital sites.

The former Nightingale Wards were used for the relocation of the dermatology clinics and paediatric outpatients, the formation of an undergraduate centre and creation of an Emergency Assessment Unit.

More recently the Birth Centre has opened in a refurbished section of the Maternity Unit and a Women’s Unit has been established in another part of the same Department. New residential accommodation for health workers has opened on part of the former Queens Hospital site.

On 1 August 2010 the Trust integrated with Croydon Community Health services to form a new integrated care organisation, providing both hospital based and community services.

To recognise this new type of organisation the Trust officially changed its name on Friday 1 October 2010 to Croydon Health Services NHS Trust and the name of the main hospital changed to become Croydon University Hospital to reflect its close identity with local people and its many links to nearby education and training establishments.


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