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MDHU Frimley Park

Information about the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit Frimley Park:

Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit Frimley Park (MDHU Frimley Park or MDHU FP) opened in February 1996 as a result of the 1995 Defence Cuts and Rationalisation for Medical Services. Many of the staff including members of the QARANC (Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps) from the Cambridge Military Hospital, Aldershot transferred to MDHU Frimley Park when the CMH closed in 1996. The first Matron of MDHU Frimley Park was Lt Col June Kennedy RRC.

Uniforms Scutari Nurse Crimean War Army Nursing Service Boer 
 War Territorial Force Nursing Service World War One

This wonderful photograph, from Soldier Magazine 18 August 1997, depicts the staff of Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit Frimley Park Hospital dressed in a range of army nursing uniforms. The photo was taken on the occasion of the farewell of Lt Col June Kennedy RRC, the first Matron of the Unit that opened in 1996. She moved to the Duchess of Kent Military Hospital Catterick after her farewell on a 'tug' electric trolley!

Pictured clockwise from the top are LCpl Karen Garner wearing the uniform of a Florence Nightingale Scutari Nurse from the Crimean War, Captain Victoria Welch wearing the uniform of the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service of around 1902, Sgt Paula Yates wearing the uniform of the Army Nursing Service of the Boer War and Captain Sarah Archer wearing the uniform of the Territorial Force Nursing Service of World War One. (With kind permission from

The book Sub Cruce Candida: A Celebration of One Hundred Years of Army Nursing has photos of QAs working on the Dame Margot Turner Ward and the Chavasse Ward at the MDHU Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey.

The Soldier Magazine of 13 Nov 1995 cites that the first senior medical officer was Lt Col Peter Fabricius RAMC. It further stated that on opening staffing at the MDHU would be 24 army consultants, 36 junior doctors and 140 nursing and other professionals. It estimated that Frimley Park would care for an extra 6000 extra inpatients as a result of the CMH closure.

Frimley Park Hospital National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust has a 700 bed capacity and is a general hospital. It opened in 1974 to provide care for North East Hampshire and West Surrey. As well as civilian patients it now cares for MOD patients. QAs work throughout the hospital.

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The Drummer Boy The Drummer Boy continues the adventures of QARANC nurse, Scott Grey, who has the special gift of seeing military ghosts. In this novel he is haunted by the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo. It is based on the legends of the Tidworth Military Hospital Drummer Boy.

Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War where I describe battlefield medical care of this era.

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Princess Margaret Colonel In Chief QARANC with Lt Col Wendy Spencer and Captain Lesley Lintonbon Frimley Park

The caption reads:

Princess Margaret, Colonel In Chief of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, chats to Lt Col Wendy Spencer, centre, and Captain Lesley Lintonbon during her visit to the MOD Unit at Frimley Park Hospital.

Lt Col Spencer is the senior nursing officer at the Surrey Unit, Capt Lintonbon a ward manager. The Princess was met by Col Peter Fabricius, consultant physician at Frimley Park and consultant adviser in medicine.

Picture: Steve Dock.

Reproduced with kind permission of from December 2000.

The Lady Louise Windsor (Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor), the daughter of the QARANC Colonel in Chief, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex (Sophie Wessex) and Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex was born at Frimley Park Hospital on the 8 November 2003.

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MDHU Frimley Park
Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
GU16 7UJ

Telephone Number: (01276) 604604


If you have any information or a photograph of the MDHU Frimley Park for this page then please contact me.

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