Photos on its 144th birthday show how Sheffield Children's has changed over the years

Take a journey through history with these photos of Sheffield Children's over the years as the hospital marks 144 years since it began treating youngsters.

Saturday, 14th November 2020, 12:40 pm
The original hospital opened in November 1876. Since 1948, its services have been provided under the NHS.

Sheffield Children’s Hospital opened for the first time on Brook Hill, not far from where the Western Bank site now sits, on November 15 1876.

With a rent of £63 a year, it was founded by architect Mr J.D. Webster, doctor Mr William J. Cleaver and solicitor Mr Henry Vickers who formed a committee and decided it would be “expedient to fund an institution for the relief of poor sick children.”

In its first year, the Hospital saw 29 inpatient admissions – some way short of the 24,577 inpatients seen at the Trust in 2019/20.

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The Children’s Hospital Charity was formed 100 years after the hospital in 1976. Money raised through donations funds four key areas; medical equipment, research, new facilities and improvements to the environment.

The hospital’s first X-Ray machine was installed in 1907, while electric radiators replaced open fires and the operating theatre opened its doors during the 1920s.

Today, Sheffield Children’s is one of only three dedicated children’s hospital trusts in the UK with hundreds of thousands of young people using its services.

The hospital pictured four years before its first X-Ray machine was installed. Two new world class scanners arrived at Sheffield Children’s in 2018/19.
In the 1970s the hospital extended what became the Emergency Department, with 58,721 patients treated there last year.
From left to right, architect Mr J.D. Webster, doctor Mr William J. Cleaver and solicitor Mr Henry Vickers.
The hospital, pictured from Western Bank.
As well as support from The Children’s Hospital Charity, Sheffield Children’s has a number of fundraisers including the Parents' Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia (PACT) Charity. In 2018 their work saw the launch of the PACT and Westfield Health Oncology and Haematology Centre, which is used daily by patients locally, regionally and nationally.
The Trust, which is one of only three of its kind in the UK, sees children from 0 to 16 in most cases and in some cases up to 18.
The hospital today is bigger than ever, treating hundreds of thousands of youngsters every year. Pictured is the main entrance on Clarkson Street.