1719   John Addenbrooke died and he left £4,500 to found a voluntary hospital in Cambridge

Oct 13 Addenbrooke’s Hospital Opened on Trumpington Street, with 20 beds. Ann Perry 

First Matron

First 3 Physicians – Plumptre, Glynn and Collignon

First 3 Surgeons – Hayles, Hopkins and Thackeray Lefebvre  

First Resident Apothecary

1838  Cambridge Union Workhouse built on Mill Road (later a general hospital, became Mill Road Maternity Hospital in 1948)
1839-84  George Paget (1809-92): Physician to Addenbrooke’s Hospital

George Humphry (1820-96): Surgeon to Addenbrooke’s Hospital

(Paget and Humphry were instrumental in the nineteenth rise of the Cambridge Medical School)


Paget initiated clinical examinations in the final MB. A few years earlier (by 1839) AH appears to have become a recognised School of Medicine.

Clinical lectures were being delivered in the Board Room. Relations between University and Hospital were informal and dealt with almost solely by the medical staff.

1846  First General Anaesthetic at Addenbrooke’s, two weeks after in was first used in the  USA, (performed by George M Humphry).
1864-65  The Hospital was enlarged and largely reconstructed, from designs drawn up by George Humphry and the architect Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt (1820-87, architect of Paddington Station in London)
1876 – 82 Alice Fisher (Nightingale nurse) – Matron of Addenbrooke’s Hospital started Nurse Training in Addenbrooke’s
1877   First ‘probationers’, or student nurses, enter Addenbrooke’s
1899  Hunstanton House of Recovery opened as a convalescent Home for Addenbrooke’s patients
1905   The hospital stared to pay Nurse Probationers
1909 Radiotherapy begin in Addenbrooke’s
1918   First woman medical student at Addenbrooke’s Hospital
1919  Cambridge University established Diploma in Medical Radiology and
Electrology, first of its kind in Britain.
1931   Mrs Douty, widow of former surgeon, funded Douty X-Ray clinic.
1932  New block of children’s and paying wards opened
1935  Preliminary Training School for Nurses opened

Mill Road Maternity Hospital opened

Chesterton Hospital became a geriatric hospital

NHS: The United Cambridge Hospitals were to be administrated by a Board of   Governors accountable to the Minister of Health.

Addenbrooke’s became a Designated Teaching Hospital.

The Board of Governors of the United Cambridge Hospitals responsible for Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Mill Road Maternity Hospital, Brookfields Hospital Mill Road,  Chesterton Hospital, and The Home of Recovery Hunstanton   

1951   Hills Road site purchased for £4350.
1959 New Addenbrooke’s Hospital landscaping started.
1962 28 May Stage I opened by the Queen.

Medical Sciences Tripos introduced in 1966.

First kidney transplant in Cambridge at The Douglas House Renal Unit

1968 Prof Roy Calne first liver transplant
 1972   Formal completion of Stage II
1974   March– end of Board of Governors of United Cambridge Hospitals
1975   First Open Heart Surgery at Addenbrooke's (not the world)
1976  First students admitted to Clinical School.
1981   Addenbrooke’s first whole body scanner opened by Prince of Wales 8 Jul
1982  Cambridge Health Authority Formed
1983  The Rosie Maternity Unit opened in October.
1984   Last patient moved from old Addenbrooke’s Hospital (October)
1988   25 Feb CHA and British Airport Services Ltd signed partnership deal. 
Official opening by Kenneth Clarke in Feb 1989
1992   Addenbrooke's NHS Trust formed
1995  MRC Cambridge Centre for Brain repair opened by Duke of Edinburgh (14 June)
1997  Sanctuary Housing to refurbish and manage residences Deal signed to give a £12m facelift to doctors and nurses accommodation (May)
2004 Addenbrooke's Hospital becomes a Foundation Hospital as is known as- Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
2005  New Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) (May)

New birth unit officially opens at the Rosie Hospital (20 Jun)

New nursery officially opens at Addenbrooke's by Dr Mary Archer


Emergency Assessment Unit opens (18 Apr). Officially opened by Prof Sir George Alberti on 29 Jun

100th kidney transplant is a first for Addenbrooke's. Over 100 kidney transplants in a year (10 Nov)

2007 The Queen opened the new Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute Centre (2 Feb)