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Report - Royal Hospital Haslar. February 2016.

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Ferox, Feb 13, 2016.

  1. Ferox

    Ferox 28DL Regular User
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    Got to start this with a massive thanks to TheVampiricSquid off O.S for getting us in and showing us about. A true gent [​IMG]
    Explored this gem with Vulex, TheVampiricSquid and a non member.
    A cracker from the start this one. The entrance was like an assault course, very interesting. And it was very nearly over before it got going with, the four of us pinned down on a roof by security's torch. Luckily we where not seen and the mooch got under way. Absolutely loved this place. A big site with shitloads to see. I'd say the highlight for me was that staircase. Unique and stunning. The peeling paint hanging down from it really adds to it's charm. The Arcade was impressive also, the arches looked awesome. The whole place was class to be honest and I could go on for ages about the fine things to be seen. I'm just really glad I got to see it. Thanks to all involved for a great morning. And of course Vulex for driving. Nice one mate [​IMG]

    History (straight from Vulex [​IMG])

    The Royal Hospital Haslar was designed by Theodore Jacobsen and built between 1746 and 1761. The site opened as a Royal Navyhospital in 1753. It has had a very long and distinguished history in the medical care of service personnel both in peacetime and in war since that time, treating many tens of thousands of patients.
    Haslar was the biggest hospital – and the largest brick building – in England when it was constructed. Dr James Lind (1716–1794), a leading physician at Haslar from 1758 till 1785, played a major part in discovering a cure for scurvy, not least through his pioneering use of a double blind methodology with Vitamin C supplements (limes). The hospital included an asylum for sailors with psychiatric disorders, and an early superintending psychiatrist was the phrenologist, Dr James Scott (1785–1859), a member of the influentialEdinburgh Phrenological Society.
    In 1902 the hospital became known as the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar (abbreviated to RNH Haslar).
    In the 1940s, RNH Haslar set up the country's first blood bank to treat wounded soldiers from the Second World War.
    In 1966, the remit of the hospital expanded to serve all three services – the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, after which time, it became known as the Royal Military Hospital Haslar. In 1996 the hospital again became known as the Royal Hospital Haslar.
    In 2001, the provision of acute healthcare within Royal Hospital Haslar was transferred from the Defence Secondary Care Agency to the NHS Trust. The Royal Hospital was the last MOD-owned acute hospital in the UK. The decision to end the provision of bespoke hospital care for Service personnel was taken prior to the UK's expeditionary campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, but was nevertheless followed through, largely on the grounds of cost. The change from military control to the NHS, and the complete closure of the hospital have remained the subject of considerable local controversy.
    The hospital formally closed in 2009 and the site has since started to be redeveloped.

    This is an interesting site about the hospital,

    http://www.haslarheritagegroup.co.uk/

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    Thanks For Looking [​IMG]


    More pics on my Flickr page,


    https://www.flickr.com/photos/135648593@N02/albums/72157662153032063/with/24891519106/
     
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  2. xexxa

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    Great photos, I'll be going back when I can find someone to go with me.
     
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  3. Ferox

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    Thank You :thumb
     
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    Nice report, sounds like you had a good day :thumb
     
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    Great report dude, I love this place
     
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    Went this Saturday just gone, pics posted on Facebook page :-) Planning on another visit soon if anyone is interested??
     
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    Lovely job, again its wonderful to see places that haven't been smashed to bits buy idiots - you can almost smell the disinfectant in these photos! And isn't it strange how these old hospitals are bright and airy with windows that opened to let air circulate and get rid of germs unlike todays windowless sauna breeding grounds for germs! The Victorians had it right you know! x
     
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    We went a few weeks ago , great place, very interesting.

    But we never got as far as finding our own way in, stopped at security just to chat and hopefully get some tips and he gave us a tour !
     
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    I used to work at RH Haslar, in 1997 and again just before the NHS moved in and it all went downhill.... It was a fantastic place to live (I lived in the Officers' Mess, and the Terraces) and work. I'm still a member of the Mess at Fort Blockhouse, next door.

    Photo 12 - the arched windows - was my department.

    I remember the wards very well. A murder was committed whilst I was there, when a man visited his wife, who was a patient, took her to a corridor near one of the disused wards, and strangled her. He then walked to the guardroom and calmly handed himself in.

    Haslar has two mortuaries; the original has a tiny Gothic-style building at the end that was the viewing chapel, whilst the new one (built not long before the hospital closed), is near the garages and laboratories behind the guardroom, and is ultra-modern.

    The most interesting exhibits from the museum are now in the Wellcome collection in London, including severed heads from the Boxer Revolution in China.

    There is now some building work going on involving the Terraces and the Admiral's house. In addition, the Memorial Garden is still in regular use by some veterans' projects.
     
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    Are there any news articles about the murder?
     
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    Looks incredible! Great photos, there certainly looks a lot to it. I'm hoping to explore this myself, albeit as a lonesome explorer at present, so if anyone fancies another visit let me know :)
     
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    I like the write up and good snaps :thumb

    Good to see a actual explore of the place, without being pre-arranged with secca :confused:
     
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    Thanks mate :thumb Security where certainly not in on this one bud. They almost got and early enlightenment though ;)
     
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    Wasn't aware it had closed - thanks for the report.

    I was a (Military) patient there in 2000, having most likely been in that very same MRI scanner! Distinctively remember being pushed along that corridor in picture one. Spent around a month in one of the wards without permission for shore leave (Not sectioned!), so snuck out for a day to go shopping and eat some decent food. Got absolutely bollocked off the Commanding Officer and still have the watch I bought that day.
     
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