Elizabeth Blackwell Hospital

14 01 2013

With Southmead and Frenchay hospitals coming together to create one new hospital on the Southmead site in spring 2014, North Bristol NHS Trust have been deciding whether to stick with the Southmead name or give a completely new moniker to the new hospital.

Suggestions can be voted for here, with options including New Southmead Hospital and Bristol Brunel Hospital.

My own choice would be Elizabeth Blackwell Hospital, named after the pioneering Bristol-born doctor who was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the UK Medical Register.

Radiographer Keegan Streeter was one of those who suggested the name. He said: “I feel quite strongly that the hospital be given a unique identity that can be related to both Bristol and its residents.

“Naming the hospital after someone who dedicated their life to medicine and who achieved so much in the medical field seems quite fitting, especially as Elizabeth Blackwell herself was a Bristolian.”

Blackwell promoted the education of women in medicine in the United States, and was a social and moral reformer in both the USA and in England.

Born in 1821 in a house on Counterslip Street, near Finzel’s sugar refinery overlooking what is now Castle Park, Blackwell grew up at 1 Wilson Street, off Portland Square, where the Medical Women’s Federation have erected a plaque in her memory:

Elizabeth Blackwell's on Wilson Street

Elizabeth Blackwell plaque on Wilson Street



One response

14 01 2013

A neighbour of George Muller who opened his orphanages on Wilson Street and later in life also went teaching and preaching to the USA, joining the ranks of many Bristolians who proclaimed the Christian Gospel to the nations having Bristol as their starting point – George Whitefield, (perhaps John Kennick), John Wesley, and Bob Bateman (of Titanic fame), Hannah More and perhaps we could include Thomas Clarkson.

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