Report - Whipscross Hospital, Waltham Forest, London - June 2017

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Jul 10, 2014

Whipcross has been a massive player in training new nurses for the NHS, it's a university hospital but for almost 20 years it's had some interested history locked away and not seen in a while. This report shows a few buildings that have been sitting about locked away including a few blocks for accommodation, stores and training. Be prepared to see some spiders and proper gross food that went out of date 2 decades ago. Explored with UrbanDuck, Sarah and MockneyReject


West Ham Union Workhouse
In 1894 West Ham Union Workhouse opened an annexe known as Forest House Annexe to care for sick and elderly inhabitants of the workhouse, while they raised funds to construct a new infirmary, which opened as the West Ham Union Infirmary in 1903. The Infirmary accommodated 672 beds in 24 wards, and during the Great War of 1914-1918 cared for thousands of wounded servicemen. In 1917 it changed its name to Whipps Cross Hospital, to coincide with the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. By the end of the war, Whipps Cross had begun to take on the role of a general hospital rather than a workhouse infirmary.

Whipps Cross as a nurse training school
In 1921 the Central Nursing Council approved Whipps Cross as a nurse training school and examination centre for state registration. By 1924 there were 53 trained and 130 student nurses, and a ground-breaking training school for male nurses was established. In 1930 management of the hospital passed to West Ham Borough Council following the Local Government Act of 1929, and in 1948 Whipps Cross came under the management of the new National Health Service (NHS), administered by the Forest Group Hospital Management Committee. The outpatients department was opened in March 1958 and included modernised facilities. The intensive care unit opened in 1968 was one of the first of its kind in the UK, and a new accident and emergency unit was opened in 1972, followed by a new maternity unit the following year.

Whipps Cross University Hospital
In 1992 Whipps Cross Hospital became a trust hospital, and following the development of teaching links with South Bank University, in 2001 it became Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust. In 2012 Whipps Cross, Newham and Barts and The London merged to form Barts Health NHS Trust.

Some time in the 90's through to the early 2000's these buildings were closed and boarded up surplus to requirement.

Nurses Accomodation 1st Block

An original building built in the early 1900's, this building features 3 floors with varying stages of dilapidation. It seemed the further we went the worst the building wasuntil eventually the roof was falling in on it's self. One of the worst bath tubs I've ever seen! Proper fetid.




Some grim food



A lot of it was modern and boring so I didn't bother taking many pictures until later




So many fetid rooms



Then we found a room full of paperwork, loads of it


Standing on around 5/6ft of just paper



Nurses Accommodation 2nd Block

This one being a little more dated upstairs and having less boarded up windows made it a lot easier to photograph. Some nice little features about in this one. Built roughly a little later than the first block and having 4 stories instead of 3, this one was arguably a lot better.









The 1st block






Rooms were empty but mad photogenic





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Sep 30, 2010
I quite like this. It looks like a lot of the hospital will potentially become disused in the next few years - looks well past its sell-by-date. When getting my first house jobs, Whipsy was always notorious as the real shit job to get allocated. It meant 6 months of basically zero sleep in what was a clinical war-zone. I managed to avoid it, thank god.

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