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Report - Selly Oak, Morgue & Main Building - August 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by BrainL, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. BrainL

    BrainL 28DL Full Member
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    The Visit
    A little evening visit to good old Selly Oak with @redhunter as last time I was here I missed the morgue and some of the newer buildings so thought I'd better post an updated report.. from looking at older reports it seems this place is being stripped out quite quickly now.. you'll notice only two mortuary slabs remain now :(

    The History
    The first building on the site of Selly Oak Hospital was the old King’s Norton Union Workhouse which was built in around 1872 to consolidate existing services for 5 separate parishes. Originally the Hospital was built to accommodate 200 pauper inmates. In 1897 a separate infirmary opened at the site at a cost of £52,000 and was designed by Mr. Daniel Arkell. This infirmary was made to accommodate a further 250 patients and had basic facilities to cater for maternity care but there were no operating theatres or a mortuary at this point.

    In 1907 the Hospital doubled in size again with further additional buildings being added due to rising populations within the workhouse and increased demand placed upon the infirmary. Over the next two decades facilities further improved with the addition of an operating theatre, plastering of internal walls, and the introduction of physiotherapy, pathological and X-ray services.

    The Hospital continued to grow with 1931-1936 saw the addition of yet more operating theatres, pathology and biochemistry laboratories and the mortuary.

    When the NHS was formed the site became known as a whole as Selly Oak Hospital until its final closure in 2012. The reason for the hospital closure was due to the completion of a new Q.E.Hospital which is much larger and offers many more modern facilities. Since 2012 the hospital buildings have stood empty and are in an increasingly derelict state. The abandoned site has seen most of its contents removed and some damage due to metal thieves which temporarily set up camp on the site.


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  2. Blinker

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    Nice archive
     
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  3. sharbex

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    This place looks really awesome!
     
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