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Report - The Royal Victoria Hospital, Folkestone, June 2011

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by troglodyte, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. troglodyte

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    Explored with Space invader, Wevsky, Obscurity and Peach.

    What a surprise this turned out to be. Over the last couple of days we had been talking about making a re-visit to Severalls, But the day before we planned to set off I recieved a call from Space Invaider explaining that they had seen a different hospital with loads of equipment, thousands of xray scans and morgue fridges still intact,
    It all sounded to good to be true!

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    History stollen with permission from Obscurity, See his report HERE
    Cheers Ob's :thumb


    Present name
    Royal Victoria Hospital

    Previous name(s)
    Folkestone Dispensary (1846-1863), Folkestone Dispensary and Infirmary (1863-1890), Victoria Hospital (1890-1910)

    Address Radnor Park Avenue Folkestone (Since 1890)

    Previous location Rendezvous Street, Dover Road

    Foundation Year 1846

    Status
    Pre 1948 Voluntary, Military
    Post 1948 NHS
    Type
    Pre 1948 General
    Post 1948 Acute, Geriatric, Other: stroke rehabilitation, eye surgery and GP patients (from 1979)

    Folkestone's Royal Victoria Hospital was built, facing Radnor Park, between 1889-90, at a cost of over £7,300, with 33 beds, a dispensary, consulting and operating rooms
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    In 1973 the maternity unit was transferred to Willesborough Hospital. Following the opening of the William Harvey Hospital at Ashford, this hospital was transformed into a centre for geriatric, stroke rehabilitation, eye surgery (1980-1994) and general practitioner patients. There is a published history of the hospital: Martin Easdown, A Grand Old Lady: The History of the Royal Victoria Hospital Folkestone, 1846-1996 (1996)
    In October 2008 Plans to sell part of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Folkestone were placed on hold after bats were found in the building. During an ecology survey the Pipistrelle and rare Serotine bats were discovered in the back of the main building and in the separate Wakefield Hall. Since this was reported in 2008 after the building had already stopped being used used for in-patient wards for over a year. The Royal victoria hospital finally shut its doors in 2009 (although some is still active) and patients were moved to William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.

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