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Report - St George's Hospital July 2016

The lone wanderer

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So my third report and it’s another hospital I am starting to notice a pattern here


The Hornchurch Facility was opened in 1938, at that time it was called Suttons Institution and was primarily an old people’s home. This changed during the Second World War due to the large part that Hornchurch Airfield, which was situated right next door to the Suttons Institution, played in the war and from 1939 until 1945 the Institution was used to house R.A.F. Hornchurch airman. In 1948 the site was taken over by the ministry of health and was officially made a hospital and renamed St George’s Hospital. In 1948 the Institution joined the NHS under the control of the Romford Group Hospital Management Committee, part of the North East Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board. By the end of the 1990s the Hospital was under the threat of closure, with a proposal to sell the site for housing. The future of the site was reviewed in 2005. A consultation was held as to whether to refurbish the Hospital, to redevelop it or to close it. The number of patients had decreased and the Hospital managers considered whether to close one of the wards. In April 2006 an assistant nurse was stabbed to death in a frenzied attack by a 19-year-old man while she took a break outside the Hospital. In August 2012 the Trust announced that despite problems with the building, it was intending to redevelop the site and create a new purpose-built health centre. In October 2012 the wards had to be closed because legionella was discovered in the Hospital’s water system.

The explore

So I headed here with my brother at the weekend he had previously scouted this one I also grew up not far from here so was familiar with the hospital. We decided to check the security situation so took a drive past the front entrance where we saw a security hut and a couple of dog vans parked up, we thought we were going to be in for a challenging day as it turned out they seemed to be asleep. Upon entering we started at the back as we wanted to check out the water tower and incinerator room we were aware the presence of a few recent looking dome cameras scattered across the site but later decided these where not active or just where not being watched. After checking a few buildings we headed up into the water tower, as much as we would of loved to go up on the roof we decided the last level being a wooden floor and making some not to reassuring sounds was just a bit to sketchy maybe next time. It’s a shame the basement and service tunnels appear to all be flooded as they look quite extensive. After the water tower we had a wander and checked out a couple of the wards and other buildings, this is a large hospital and we didn’t manage to get around all of it so another visit if defiantly on the cards.




















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Nowt wrong with a hospital :thumb
I'm liking the black and white shots :thumb particularly the corridor shot