End of an Era as Walsgrave Hospital is demolished

After nearly forty years of providing healthcare to the communities in Coventry and Warwickshire, Walsgrave Hospital is to be razed to the ground.

Coventry's three MPs will strike the first blows in the demolition of the Walsgrave General Hospital using an excavator, the largest piece of equipment used on the demolition site.

The demolition of Walsgrave Hospital is the start of the final phase in the development of the new University Hospital site which will see landscaping, new roadways and car parking completed by 2008.

Walsgrave and Coventry and Warwickshire hospitals were closed in July when the wards and departments were moved to the new ‘super’ University Hospital on the Walsgrave site.

Talking about the demolition Chief Executive David Roberts said: "The opening of the new University Hospital and the demolition of Walsgrave marks a new era in healthcare for local people. During the 40 years Walsgrave Hospital has been open, we have seen many advances in medical technology and it has been the home to some of Europe’s top specialists. The new University Hospital now provides the first class facilities within which to deliver this care.”