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Report - East Fortune Hospital, May 16.

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Joanne Clenaghan, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. Joanne Clenaghan

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    In 1922 East Fortune Hospital was opened. The hospital served as a tuberculosis sanatorium until the onset of World War II. The airfield was then brought back into service as RAF East Fortune, initially a training airfield, and during this time the hospital patients were transferred to another hospital popular with current explorers; Bangour Hospital. The hospital re-opened after the war, but by 1956, as the number of tuberculosis patients began to fall, the hospital changed its function to house the mentally handicapped. In 1997, the hospital closed down.

    This is a location we came across after a recommendation on our Instagram page and it certainly did not disappoint. It was fairly easy to find using GPS. It was tucked away behind a series of high trees across from a small housing estate, however it was a very quiet road so was easy enough to just park up and go.


    The first thing we noticed upon walking around the site was the vast majority of buildings and how we would definitely be making a day of this. Some of the buildings looked fairly run down with ivy, over grown weeds and the occasional wasp nest lingering above some convenient entrances.


    The first building we entered was possibly the largest we ventured in to. What I personally enjoyed about this site was the huge amount of ‘props’ which were either placed by other explorers or perhaps left behind after the initial abandonment of the property . This made great content for us as our main aim when visiting these sites is to capture the history and share our images with others. There was a variation of different cots, hospital beds, rotting chairs, old instruments, kitchen appliances and general characteristic rubble. Although the site was vandalised with graffiti and potential arson, the props made a great distraction for an excellent photography spot.


    The different genre of buildings was also something to note in this site for a variety of photographs and things to see. There were obvious wards which were still inhabited with old hospital beds and chairs; there was an array of different cottage housing and also obvious store buildings that displayed an old rusting aluminium exterior which made great textures for photographs. Although we didn’t enter every building, we did manage to explore a fair few.

    Unlike some other abandoned buildings we have visited I certainly call this one out for being one of the safest. The floors were not particularly damp and most of them were still fully intact and felt comfortable and easy to walk on, without fear of plummeting to the floor below!


    If you’re planning on exploring this site I would highly recommend you allow a fair amount of time to look around and also bring a torch as some of the rooms and hallways are pitch black!

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    All images are my own.

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