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Report - West Heath Hospital/Sanatorium, Birmingham - 12/01/08

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by virusman26, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. virusman26

    virusman26 28DL Full Member
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    Hey guys,

    Finally got the weather and the chance to get some shots at this place. Great history behind it, when you can find any. The NHS kept it hush-hush for years. Here's the only history I can find...............

    The History of West Heath Hospital


    It is difficult to find details of the early years of West Heath Hospital, which was provided for the isolation of people with infectious diseases. No one wanted to know of their existence and visitors were as far as possible kept away. A local resident described how as a young child she went out into the country for picnics in the summer. The hospital was passed with much dread, she said ” we always held our breath and put handkerchiefs to our mouths to avoid infection.” So it is not really surprising that few early records of life in the hospital can be found. However, here is a brief summary of the hospitals history:
    1888- Foundation stone laid.
    1889- Kings Norton Infectious Diseases Hospital opened.
    1906- Last case of smallpox treated, (Subsequent cases were sent to a hospital in Hollywood).
    1910- First Medical Superintendent appointed. Commenced taking in cases of pulmonary tuberculosis.
    1911- Taken over by the city of Birmingham.
    1919- Ward 7 opened, and the hospital was now known as West Heath Sanatorium.
    1920- Last cases of infectious diseases, other than tuberculosis, were discharged.
    1946- Ward 4 opened.
    1948- New Nurses home opened.
    1954 - The Hospital name changed from West Heath Sanatorium to West Heath Hospital. It was still used mainly for tuberculosis but other chest diseases were accepted.
    1958- New Kitchen block opened
    1965- Ward 9, Sheldon unit, opened, part of the hospital at this time became Geriatric.
    1972- New geriatric block opened.
    1980 - Hospital became entirely a hospital for Older People

    Nice eh? Well, here's the pics............

    Main building(1888)
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    Out buildings, Maintenance, Catering and Classroom block............

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    Sorry about the number of pics, but there is so much to see in the site!! Shame that the old mortuary was demolished long before the new contractors got their hands on the place.

    Some more of the same............. http://www.flickr.com/photos/8776781@N02/?saved=1
     
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    virusman26 28DL Full Member
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    Re: West Heath Hospital/Sanatorium, Birmingham, 12-01-08 - REPORT

    Well, seeing as no-one else will get to see this gem, I've put some more pics on now of the interior.

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    Enjoy guys :thumb
     

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