Putting people first, it's a simple statement but one that ensures that we design our services and facilities around the needs of the people that matter most.
Our reach extends beyond the traditional, we dedicate ourselves to the pursuit of excellence across a broad spectrum of delivery including our neuro care division, with The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital and the Kings Lodge Centre for Complex Needs, forming the hub of our Intensive Caring facilities.
In response to the cholera epidemic, a group of prominent men, led by Sir Harry Verney of Claydon House, raised money to buy and convert a country house just outside the town on Buckingham Road.
By 1850 the hospital was too small and a building committee under Mr George Carrington of Missenden Abbey was set up.
Sir Harry led the appeal and his sister-in-law, Florence Nightingale, to help raise funds. Florence had recently returned from the Crimean war, and was helping to reform British Army medical services.
When the Rothschild family came to Aylesbury, they assisted with the hospital’s expansion plans, including an innovative x-ray department, and a complete new third floor to accommodate the maternity ward.
After treating people from all walks of life, including Royalty, Queen Victoria gave us her royal assent and the hospital was renamed as The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital.
The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital was the main hospital for the town of Aylesbury all the way through to 1948 when Stoke Mandeville Hospital was expanded and took over that role. It then became a maternity hospital.
Plans for expansion were changed to a complete rebuild. In April 1861, the foundation stone of the new Infirmary was laid by Lady Verney.
In June 1862, it was formally opened, and began treating people from all walks of life. Further expansions ensued, namely a rear expansion.
In 1992 the hospital gained its status as a Grade II listed building, following the efforts of the Aylesbury Old Town Residents Association.
The hospital stood empty for a few years until 1994 when it was sold by the NHS and became a private hospital specialising in Spinal Injuries and Rehabilitation.
During this time, the Hospital was extensively modernised, with new facilities added. However, the hospital closed in 2012.
The Hospital was purchased by the Affinity Group in March 2013, and continues to provide excellent Rehabilitation care for Spinal Cord and Neurological injuries.
With The Kings Lodge, Affinity Training and Home Care Angels as part of the business portfolio alongside a complete refurbishment, we offer the most intensive rehabilitation available in the market today.
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The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital is a purpose-built hospital designed by Florence Nightingale, and it is our mission to provide the best possible care to all our patients. We believe each patient is unique and we strive to respect their wishes and individuality, as well as their unique rehabilitative needs. Our highly-qualified staff are well-versed on the newest technologies and rehabilitation techniques, in order to give our patients the tools for a more fulfilling life.
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We are able to deal with possible complications that may arise from patient conditions and provide top-up rehabilitation on an on-going basis.
We have access to the latest technologies and a wide variety of rehabilitation locations, from our Therapy Department, to patients’ rooms, or even the patient’s home environment.