Patients at world-renowned hospital treated in World War Two huts, earmarked for demolition 50 years ago

Child cancer patients are forced to endure open-air rides to the operating theatre because of a funding crisis at a world-renowned hospital.

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Patients at the Royal National Orthapaedic Hospital are treated in World War Two huts which should have been demolished 50 years ago.

Managers at the RNOH at Stanmore in Middlesex say conditions have become critical after years of delays to a planned £250m facelift.

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The hospital specialises in the treatment of patients with spinal injuries and children with bone cancer.

A draughty open-air corridor links the children's ward with the operating theatres.

The corrugated iron-clad WW2 wards are connected by a sloping corridor with a 10% incline. Bed-ridden patients are towed up and down behind battery-operated tractors.

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A lot of it's wartime infrastructure put up that should have lasted 10-15 years and here we are 70 years later. There are times when we have power cuts, we have failures in our estate and we have to tone down the level of patient care. The staff are heroes working in conditions like this. We're not a local hospital with an A&E department so the attention paid to us over the years and the criticality of the problem has not been as great perhaps as some other hospitals.

– Rob Hurd, Chief Executive, RNOH