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Report - Frenchay Hospital Bristol, May 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by garissimo, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. garissimo

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    Hi there everyone i was up Frenchay Hospital on the 25th of May, it offically closed on the 24th. The hospital, situated in the grounds of a Georgian mansion, Frenchay Park,[4] started life as a TB hospital (Frenchay Park Sanatorium) in 1921, when Bristol Corporation acquired the land. In 1931, five purpose-built buildings were constructed to extend the hospital beyond the original house.

    Concerns about the possibility of heavy bombing casualties led to the hospital being greatly expanded between 1938 and early 1942. Although Bristol was severely bombed, the new facilities remained unused.[5]

    When US forces arrived in 1942, the city handed the new hospital facilities over to the Americans, as a sort of reverse Lend-Lease. The initial units of the Medical Corps were the 2nd and 77th Evacuation Hospitals and the 152nd Station Hospital. Further expansion to the facilities including 27 wards, occurred in late 1942 and it was occupied by the 298th General Hospital. Initially, the Americans used the hospital mainly as training facility for their medical staff. After D-Day, however, the hospital was used in earnest, the processing of casualties becoming a very slick operation under the control of the 100th and then 117th General Hospitals. Casualties were flown into Filton or arrived by train from the channel ports. Between 5 August and 31 December 1944 a total of 4,954 patients were discharged from Frenchay.

    I think i was quite lucky as it was a bank holiday weekend so there wasnt many people about. Im sorry its taken me so long to upload all the pics but ive been quite busy. Go up and have a look before it becomes another housing estate.


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  2. Oxygen Thief

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    Nice work mate, and a decent first I think.

    They didn't leave much behind eh? :crazy
     
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