The University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust announced in March 2019 its intention to rename London Road Community Hospital, close to the centre of Derby, after Florence Nightingale.
The renaming is intended to coincide with the bicentenary of Nightingale's birth in May 2020.
The move is being driven by John Rivers, chair of the Trust's board. John, who is also a major supporter of the 'Nightingale Comes Home' project, has done much work to publicise the connection between Nightingale and Derbyshire.
London Road Community Hospital was set up to provide local community services in central Derby following the closure of Derbyshire Royal Infirmary (DRI) in 2009. Nightingale had a direct connection with the DRI, having been consulted on its redesign in 1869.
The Trust hopes that the renaming will preserve and develop the historic connection between Nightingale and Derby Hospitals, and that it will encourage those who work at the hospital to study and develop the values promoted by Nightingale in her work.
The Trust further hopes to relocate the Nightingale statue, on London Road, to stand outside of the renamed Hospital, though this will depend on planning permission and advice from Historic England.
The Trust has made available its report on the renaming of the hospital, as discussed in March 2019, to our project. You can download it by clicking on the PDF link below:
Florence Nightingale PTB 12 March 2019
Top: Photo by James Burrows, 2019, (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Bottom: Florence Nightingale Statue, London Road, Derby. Photograph by Russ Hamer (CC BY-SA 3.0)