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Report - Whipps Cross Hospital, Waltham Forest, London - June 2017

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by mockney reject, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. mockney reject

    mockney reject 28DL Regular User
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    History


    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.

    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.

    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 Bart’s and The London merged to form Bart’s Health NHS Trust.

    Sometime in the 90's through to the early 2000's the buildings we visited were closed and boarded up surplus to requirement.


    The Explore

    There’s not really much to tell about the explore itself so I’ll let the pictures do the talking. All I will say is if you are planning a visit be prepared to get bitten by some nasty spiders. I explored this with UrbanDuck, Sarah and Slayaaaa, a nice chilled one for a change.


    The nurses block, by far the roughest place I have explored in terms of sheer shit and filth. Although it had some great signage.


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    He’s been here before lol lol

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    The records room

    This place was just a fire waiting to happen with records here going back to the 1960’s all just chucked about.


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  2. mockney reject

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    Abbey house

    Abbey house was the second nurses block and much nicer on the eyes. The lower floor had been modernised and at some point had been a server room complete with a fully plumbed fire system. But the corridors are what made this building.


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  3. ChrisHowell

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    Great report, for some reason most places I explore tend to have some sort of slayer graffiti.
     
  4. Calamity Jane

    Calamity Jane i see beauty in the unloved, places & things
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    Loved this report. The blue glow on the building looks like it should be on a cover of a magazine. It appears quiet clear from the usual graffiti, I know its dated June. I wonder if thats still the case being no graffiti etc. Lots of memoir stuff around.

    Was there no security on this site? seems a big site and could be restored ?
     
  5. mockney reject

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    Still there and still doable as far as I'm aware

    There are security on site but you have to keep your eyes open for them :)
     
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    Ok cool, may have to check it out. Thanks mockney reject :thumb
     
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    Are you psychic lol. Me and MR have been talking re this. lol
     
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    :p:p read ya pm ;)
     
  11. domf

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    Sweet report looks good, love a good corridor shot..
     
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