On 25th October 1979, the London Borough of Merton granted outline planning permission for a new hospital to be constructed on a site opposite Wimbledon Common that was the original home of a Victorian school for Roman Catholic children. The project was commissioned by Medicure Ltd and, at the time, it was considered to be very ambitious. The development of any new hospital requires a large investment of funds, skill and time together with vision and imagination.
There was strong local support from both patients and Consultants for the project, which would provide high quality private healthcare facilities in Wimbledon and reduce the requirement for (and inconvenience of) travelling into Central London.
This support helped to assure the success of the project and the Parkside Clinic (as it was originally named) opened in May 1983 at a cost of £5 million.
The first patient to attend the hospital in 1983 was a young girl with a fracture of her arm and the first operation was conducted by Mr Robert Booth, Consultant General Surgeon. Since then, Parkside Hospital has undergone a number of significant changes including the addition of a new theatre and day surgery unit in 2006 and a new purpose built Outpatients Department in 2010.
The present hospital owners are Aspen Healthcare, whereby Parkside Hospital is part of a considerable portfolio, which includes the Cancer Centre London (CCL) and other medical facilities nationwide.