The history of BMI The Chiltern Hospital

Little Abbey

The 18 acre site in Great Missenden was developed into a hospital by American Medical International (AMI) and was chosen for its beautiful setting in rural land surrounded by trees.

The main building, built in 1151 was originally Little Abbey connected to the Great Abbey half a mile away. Previously, the building has been used as a Prep school, a hotel and then private consulting rooms opened by a consortium of consultants before becoming the Chiltern Hospital.

The development of the hospital in 1982 was an exciting event for South Buckinghamshire and the wider community. When The Chiltern Hospital hosted an open day shortly after opening, more than 3000 people over two days came to see the brand new hospital and facilities.

BMI The Chiltern Hospital through the years

  • overview of the grounds

    View of the estate

  • boarding school period

    Little Abbey Hotel in the 1960s

  • Chiltern opening

    The Chiltern Hospital at the opening

  • Chiltern opening

    A wider view of the site after its conversion to Goring Hall Hospital

  • Nursing team

    Nursing team 

  • Chiltern in the winter

    The Chiltern during the winter