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Report - Orchard House Hospital, Rauceby, April 2013

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Altair, Jun 2, 2013.

  1. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Orchard House, Rauceby​

    Visited with Atomic, while I was making good use of my hire car! Nothing much to say about the place, it's been stripped by the pikies and we had to lay low for a bit while the fuzz turned up to tackle the pikies we bumped into, anyway on with some history shamelessly borrowed from here History Of Rauceby Hospital and some pics.


    Orchard House
    In 1953 Orchard House, which opened in 1939 as an admissions Unit, was in fact a separate hospital. In contrast to the custodial approach of the main hospital it was run as an open hospital. The patients were primarily referred from out patient clinics and were classified as voluntary patients. They wore their own cloths, went home at weekends and were encouraged to organize their own entertainment. Doors were not locked except at night. Male and female patients mixed freely as far as the old fashioned layout of the wards would allow. Physical treatments such as ECT, modified insulin therapy and deep insulin coma therapy were practiced. The main emphasis, however, was on the treatment of depressions, neurosis, sexual problems, alcoholism and drug independence. To this end techniques such as abreacttive therapy using intravenous and general anesthetics, individual and group psychotherapy, psycho-drama and hypno-analysis were used. With the introduction of new drug treatment the distinction between the clientele of the main hospital and Orchard House became less noticeable. Patients suffering from acute schizophrenic and manic-depressive illnesses rapidly responded to the new drugs available (e.g. phenothiazenes and lithium carbonate)
    The policy of closure of the mental hospitals and the emphasis on Community Care meant that as Rauceby Hospital followed the schedule laid down for its own closure Orchard House became surplus to requirements. Subsequently in 1987 it was handed over to the Area Health Authority to provide a centre for clerical and community use thus ending fifty years of service to the mentally sick. Until its finally closure in 2011

    Finally some pics, in no particular order.









    9. Bit of retro for any of you I.T. geeks out there :D









    18. Hmm, can't beat peely paint!


    Thanks for looking :thumb

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