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Armed Forces: Hospitals

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which armed forces hospitals have been closed in the last 30 years; and what the date of each such closure was. (226658)

[holding answer 15 October 2008]: Details of the British Military Hospitals (BMH) that have closed since 1978 are shown as follows.

Country

Hospital

Closed

UK

Princess of Wales RAF Hospital, Ely

1992

Royal Naval Hospital, Stonehouse (Plymouth)

1995

Queen Elizabeth Military Hospital, Woolwich

1995

Cambridge Military Hospital, Aldershot

1995

Princess Alexandra RAF Hospital, Wroughton

1996

Princess Mary RAF Hospital, Halton

1996

Duchess of Kent Military Hospital, Catterick

1999

Duchess of Kent Psychiatric Hospital, Catterick

2003

Royal Hospital Haslar, Gosport

2007

Cyprus

BMH Dhekelia1

1978

Gibraltar

Royal Naval Hospital, Gibraltar2

2008

Falkland Islands

Military Wing at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital

2000

Nepal

BMH Dharan

1989

Hong Kong

British Military Hospital, Kings Park

1996

1 The Princess Mary Hospital at Akrotiri remains in operation.

2 Medical care is provided by the new, purpose built Princess Royal Medical Centre.

Officials are working to retrieve information on BMHs in Germany and to identify other overseas hospitals that closed during the last 30 years. However any records retained will have been archived and cannot be immediately accessed. I will write to my right hon. Friend once this exercise is complete to advise him of the results.