St Margaret's Hospital, Kentish Town

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St Margaret's Hospital on Leighton Road in Kentish Town was one of two specialist institutions in the field of venereal and related diseases operated by the Metropolitan Asylums Board, the other being the Sheffield Street Hospital which operated from 1919 as a women's venereal disease hospital.

St Margaret's opened In 1917 for the treatment of Ophthalmia Neonatorum — a form of conjunctivitis mostly commonly contracted during delivery by an infant whose mother is infected with gonorrhoea. By 1929, it was admitting around 150 mothers and 250 babies a year, although this was only one third of all notified cases of the condition in London.



  • Ayers, Gwendoline, M. (1971) England's First State Hospitals and the Metropolitan Asylums Board (Wellcome Institute of the History of Medicine, London).
  • Powell, Sir Allan (1930) The Metropolitan Asylums Board and its Work, 1867-1930. (MAB, London)
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