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Report - Bristol County Asylum-Barrow May 2010

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by vwdirtboy, May 14, 2010.

  1. vwdirtboy

    vwdirtboy Keeuunnntt!
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    A Mostly Mono-Chromatic Study of Decay Part III

    Went on me todd

    There's been a few reports done on this old girl local to me and no offence meant to anyone but i don't think they've done her much justice..

    Date opened: 3rd May 1939

    Location: Wild Country Lane, Barrow Gurney,
    nr. Long Ashton, Somerset

    Architect: Sir George Oatley, of Bristol

    Layout: Colony Plan

    Used During The War By The Military.

    Planned & built just prior to WW2 to provide the necessary number of beds for Greater Bristol, as Glenside had become increasingly overcrowded, it was not actually used for transferred patients to ease this pressure until after the end of the war.

    It is understood that it was 'commandeered' for servicemen who had been injured during the war, especially those suffering from psychological distress and conditions with a stress related component - which we might now term Post-Traumatic Stress, given the horrific nature of conflicts and the harrowing impact such profound experiences had over time.


    Mr. Culverwell asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what is the number of staff and patients, respectively, now accommodated at the Royal Naval Hospital, Barrow Gurney, near Bristol; and whether a dental officer is employed?

    Mr. Churchill The daily average number of patients under treatment at the Royal Naval Auxiliary Hospital at Barrow Gurney is at present 356. The medical and nursing staff numbers 215; a dental officer is included in the staff

    HC Deb 21 February 1940 vol 357 c1378W

    Although not officially opened until 3rd May 1939, Barrow Hospital received its first patients in May 1938. The Visiting Consultant staff was common to both hospitals, but a different approach was immediately apparent in the dissimilar titles accorded to the workaday medical staff. In Barrow the doctors were appointed as Senior Physician, Assistant Physician and Research Worker. Whilst Barrow was being built, the upkeep of nearby Fishponds was neglected.
    By the end of 1938, it was known that Barrow would be evacuated in the event of war. Nevertheless it was officially opened by Sir Lawrence Brock, CBE Chairman of the Board of Control on May 3rd 1939. Barrow was a considerable improvement over existing accommodation.

    During its first year of life, almost 50% of admissions to Barrow were on a voluntary basis. Physical standards within the hospital were excellent, but only private patients were allowed to wear their own clothes “because of storage problems.â€￾
    On September 2nd 1939 the day before war broke out, those patients in need of continuing treatment were transferred to nearby Fishponds. On September 3rd, war was declared and the Royal Navy took over Barrow resulting in a loss to the Bristol Mental Health Services of 375 beds and increasing the grave overcrowding in Fishponds.

    Once officially known as the ‘dirtiest’ hospital in the country, it was closed in 2006 without anyone really knowing!

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