Royal Bolton Hospital
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Bolton Hospital
Royal Bolton Hospital
Shown in Greater Manchester
LocationFarnworth, Greater Manchester, England
Coordinates53°33′14″N 2°25′48″W / 53.553957°N 2.429894°W / 53.553957; -2.429894Coordinates: 53°33′14″N 2°25′48″W / 53.553957°N 2.429894°W / 53.553957; -2.429894
Care systemNHS England
TypeDistrict General
Emergency departmentYes

The Royal Bolton Hospital is an acute general hospital in Farnworth, Greater Manchester. It is managed by the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.


The 'Fishpool Institute' before demolition
The 'Fishpool Institute' before demolition

The hospital was established as a fever hospital and built adjacent to the 'Fishpool Workhouse' in 1872.[1]

An isolation block was added in 1893 and a purpose-built infirmary, known as Townley's Hospital, was erected on the site in 1896.[1] The workhouse buildings, by then known as the 'Fishpool Institute', became part of the hospital in 1913.[2]

The hospital joined the National Health Service in 1948 and became Bolton District General Hospital in 1951.[1] After the services of the Bolton Royal Infirmary transferred to Bolton District General Hospital in 1996,[3] the latter facility became the Royal Bolton Hospital.[1][4] The old 'Fishpool Institute' buildings were demolished in 2011.[2]

In December 2014 it was reported that the hospital had a serious backlog of maintenance problems, amounting to £24.6 million, without which the crumbling concrete structural floor supports under a urology operating theatre could give way - with "dire" consequences.[5] The trust applied for £30 million to upgrade its premises and redesign its information technology in May 2015. The heating and air conditioning systems had reached the end of their useful life.[6] It was given a loan of £22.5 million and a grant of £7.5 million in September 2015.[7]


The Royal Bolton Hospital is one of the busiest NHS hospitals in the North West and was the busiest in Greater Manchester, having over 32,000 admissions, in 2007-08 year.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Bolton". Workhouses. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The Poor Law". Bolton-Le-Moors. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Health Services in Bolton". Halliwell Local History Society. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Minerva Day Hospital". National Archives. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Operating theatre floor at risk of collapse at Royal Bolton Hospital, report reveals". Bolton News. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  6. ^ "North West trust seeks £30m from DH for IT and air con". Health Service Journal. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  7. ^ "FT secures £30m to upgrade IT system and A&E". Health Service Journal. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  8. ^ About the Trust Archived July 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine