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Report - Royal Naval Hospital Bighi - Malta

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RNH Bighi was a major naval hospital covering the Eastern Medi (Gibraltar covering the western medi). It opened in 1832 and surgical blocks were added in 1901 and 1903. It saw service through both world wars and sustained heavy damage to the X-ray theatre, cot lift from the jetty and the east and west wings. The hospital itself was closed down in 1970 following the rundown of British forces from 1967.

Some parts of the hospital have been converted into a Secondary school and a kindergarten. However, there are large parts standing totally abandoned awaiting restoration. The following are a selection of photos taken from a visit taken earlier this summer.

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RNH Bighi

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Bed lift from Bighi Jetty to main hospital (used extensively in Dardanelles campaign)

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Old gatehouse and approaches

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Car park and entrance

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Colonades

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Coridor

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Side ward

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Bricked up fireplace

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View of Balcony (stunning views over Valleta harbour)

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Wing of hospital

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Roof space

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Roof top view

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The Loo!