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Report - Royal Hospital Haslar, Gosport. - January 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by ofthesohoriots, Mar 1, 2014.

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    NightVision drove Madspof, me, and Leic_urbex_xp down to Gosport, where we managed to spend the early hours exploring this huge site.
    The basement corridors seem endless, and the place still looks immaculate. We saw a badger scuttling away down a path on the approach, and heard signs of life at various points inside the site. Man, it was teeth-chatteringly cold in the room we chose to attempt to get a little sleep, but then it was January, in England, so I don't know what else we should have expected really.
    Unfortunately an explore cut a little short by Madspof and I having work at the start of that afternoon, but a top site, Well worth the visit.

    I have gone to great lengths here to not only copy, but further paste this history from Wikipedia:

    "The Royal Hospital Haslar was designed by Theodore Jacobsen and built between 1746–61. The site opened as a Royal Navy hospital 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 influential Edinburgh 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."

    On with a mediocre nine of an endless amount of photographs that place is good for:



















    - Just realised that was a pretty high percentage of people shots, but there you go.

    Thanks to all involved, well done NightVision for staying awake the whole time - drives and all, and well done Leic_urbex_xp for soldiering on round after a nasty landing right at the beginning!

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