The Queen Elizabeth II Hospital Welwyn Garden City sits just north of London. Most of the older hospital is being demolished to make way for housing, while a newer hospital continues to be built opposite the site. We heard rumours of security teams and run ins with the police taking place the weekend before, but we decided to try our luck anyway after seeing some fantastic pictures of The Queen Elizabeth II Hospital Welwyn Garden City online. Highlights for me had to be the main operating theatres, which still had the lights hanging from the ceilings. The morgue was also in great condition still. Most of the hospital had already been stripped bare and demolition was well underway, none the less, it was a good morning of antics and the first time in a long time we had all been out on the road together.
The Queen Elizabeth II Hospital Welwyn Garden City – The History
The Queen Elizabeth II Hospital Welwyn Garden City – or the QEII as it is known locally, is located in Welwyn Garden City and run by East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. The first full hospital to be built by the NHS, the QEII had some 100 beds. All inpatient and emergency services were transferred by October 2014 to the Lister Hospital (Stevenage), which has had £150 million invested in major new facilities.
The Queen Elizabeth II Hospital Welwyn Garden City – Service Tunnels
Another highlight was finding the services tunnels which link the entire hospital at basement level. Despite the confined spaces, clear asbestos warnings, sewage leaks and strange smells, we decided to try and navigate as much of them as possible and gained access to areas of the hospital that are sealed at ground level.
The Queen Elizabeth II Hospital Welwyn Garden City – Security Check Video
After hearing recent reports of security patrols and police being called to this North London hospital, we decided to take a discreet drive around the perimeter fence to see if we could spot anything going on.