Last Updated:

7 Jun 2020

Hebburn Fever Hospital

Hebburn, South Tyneside

Hospital Drive, Hebburn

This is a

Hospital

Founded in 

1897

Current status is

Extant

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The site is now shared housing named Alexandra Lodge.

'Hebburn Fever Hospital (for infectious diseases – also
known as Hebburn Isolation Hospital) was constructed to
the south of the conservation area, immediately adjacent to
Hebburn Cemetery by 1897. This was a temporary hutment with accommodation for 4 patients that was replaced in
1899 by a new hospital building. An additional TB
sanatorium building was added in 1901.40 Hebburn Fever Hospital had expanded by 1916-17 and a Smallpox Hospital had been constructed to the south of the Fever Hospital.

By 1941-42, the dedicated Smallpox Hospital had been
demolished and this land and that to the west of Hebburn
Fever Hospital had been developed into predominantly semi-detached housing.

It was not until April 1950 that the hospital ceased to treat all infectious diseases and functioned solely as a TB sanatorium for women until March 1956 when the hospital closed. It reopened in October 1956 as Hebburn Hospital for the care of the chronic and longterm sick. Since then, its role gradually changed to that of
an elderly care unit and the hospital closed in December
1996.41 The building currently has the name ‘Alexandra Lodge’ and is advertised as the Public Health Development Centre.'

Retrieved from South Tyneside Council

Both editions above illustrate the Fever Hospital, adjacent to the cemetary and close to the grounds of Hebburn Hall.

The site was close to the main thoroughfare between Heworth and Jarrow, what is partly known as Shields Road nowadays. A number of fever hospitals were dotted around Tyneside by the time of construction for this site This is perhaps due to the rising squalor and poverty on Tyneside with the growing population and working class areas.

The 1967 view shows a great population shift, with the hospital surrounded by sprawl and suburbia. The site was linked by a small cul-de-sac in the middle of a housing estate. By this point the site was used to care for the long term sick rather than for infectious diseases due to its sharp decline by this point.

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Image of the hospital and its grounds, undated. The complex seems austere in nature, serving the long term sick at this point. It was later turned into an elderly care facility.

Retrieved from South Tyneside Council

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