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  1. Evening all I won't bother with the history, as i'm sure everything knows it by now! I've been up to my usual antics, taking trips down here on the regular, these particular images were from 2 visits. Once with MrObvious & a non-member where we were lucky enough to see the morgue, and another with loocyloo and whynotdie, which was probably one of my most intense trips there. It was another stupidly early morning(thanks to loocyloo for the lift:D) but soon enough we were on site and walking towards access. Seeing as it was pitch black & i knew the route, we decided to keep the torches off. I took the lead, and silently we walked between buildings and under trees until all of a sudden i froze. Run, run i shouted as I was greeted by a dark figure about 6 foot in front of me, who then decided to blind with strobe mode on his torch. We made the immediate 180 and ran for it, mr security man in tow, diving through bushes and over an absolute pain in the arse wall. we were in the clear - or so we thought. We gave it a little bit before going back over the wall, seeing as it was right by the access point. I was first over so i grabbed the bags. I glanced round, and mr security man was stood there, watching me about 15 foot away. He bolted at me, so lumbered up with 3 bags and a tripod i made a break for it. We played cat and mouse for what seemed like forever, before i bailed over the fence. I had no way of contacting the others, so made the walk round to the front gate in search for the others, where I happened to bump into a not-so-happy Brian, the site manager. After a bit of a bollocking we parted ways, and after meeting up with the other 2 we buggered off for a well deserved maccies. Obviously we weren't gonna give up there, so after a grim breakfast and a cuppa tea we were back on our way. We got straight in this time, and after a good few hours inside we were hungry and tired. and who wants to go over a fence when you're hungry and tired? Yeah, not us.. out the front gate we went, only to be greeted by an even angrier Brian. After giving us the "ive already spoke to you this morning" lecture we decided to walk out, but good ol' Bri decided to follow us in an attempt to get the car registration, but we took him on a nice little stroll of the area and eventually he went to whatever he was doing.. which clearly wasn't guarding the site very well;) If you're still here, thanks for looking!
  2. History The Royal Hospital Haslar, completed in 1762, was built to provide a dedicated military hospital for the Royal Navy. Set in over 60 acres of beautiful parkland, with many Georgian Grade II listed buildings and a prime seafront location, Haslar has a long tradition of delivering care and well-being to its residents. In November 2009 the Ministry of Defence (MoD) sold the site to OurEnterprise, a company dedicated to a community-led regeneration.Today the Royal Haslar site extends to approximately 62 acres of land and comprises approximately 75,000 square meters of buildings. Eighteen buildings on the site are either Grade II or II* listed. The Visit After waking up at 2am me and Loocyloo set off to fetch TheVampiricSquid we tried popping into maccies on the way down but it wasn’t late enough for breakfast so after our first attempt of entrance we got chased around the site for 20minutes after hiding for 10min TheVampiricSquid jumped back over the wall so we could have another crack at it as loocyloo was halfway over all we heard was him say get back down as he sprinted away with 3 bags and 3 tripods We camped out for 30min waiting for him to return but nothing! He had all of our stuff including phones so we thought we would head towards the main entrance to see if he had been caught he had! So we bailed and went for a actually maccies breakfast this time which was a mind fuck having dinner hours before having breakfast!!!! Our second attempt later on that morning was a lot more successful after playing on the ropes in the gym and trying to get the perfect shot of the spiral staircase before we knew it we had been in there 4/5 hours! So we made our exit just to be greeted by the same guard! As he tried to get us back in his office we made our way around him and he “called the police†so he started following us after clearly shouting to his mate “im going to get there car registration†we certainly wasn’t heading back to the car so we took him for a nice walk around the local streets until he realized it was highly pointless him following us! Anywhore sorry for the long story here’s the pics! Enjoy! The pics!
  3. Evening all, hope everyones feeling funky fresh and all that jazz, took a little tour down south last weekend, chased a couple of new leads which unfortunately both turned up fails, the first was a an attempt on the lovely old 1930s fire station in my home town and the the second was an interesting place ill chuck up in leads n rumours as its too far away for me to keep an eye on, anyway lets see what ive got to say about about haslaaaaar! The Explore. Explored with badge and a local non member explorer. So it was another early one, muchos coffee would be required so thank god for 24 hr garages- "can i have a large flat white mate", "we don't do large flat whites", "fine can i have two flat whites mate"-problem solved, even though i only had time to drink one, forgot about the other and downed it stone cold when we got back to the car. It had been light about 1/2 hour by the time we got in, we aimed for dark but we all know what time it gets light atm and it's not a fun time to be getting up! Once inside first thing we came to was the ct scanner after then i went for a wander whilst the other two took some pics and found a nicely geared up lab, pretty mental actually, so i'm in there in the lab with my tripod-fuck snakes, the head on my ball mount is well lose, massive hairy ballbags, ok where are allans keys? obviously they are in my toolbox, needless to say i didn't come exploring loaded out with my fatmax tool box, oh my- what an absolute shitbag, got to spend all day taking shots on a wonky tripod-great, instinctively glanced around, as you do, not realistically thinking i'm going to find anything useful but instinctively glancing around all the same, you know how it is you've got a problem, have a look around for a solution, or at least something you might be able to bodge into a temporary solution, low and behold, less than a foot away from me and what's on the side? a lonely flipping allen key - obviously in my head i'm saying 'pffft naaah not a chance, there's no way that's gonna fit, no one in the entire history of the world is that bloody lucky, sod it worth a try', pick up the allen key, slot him in the screw head- boom, shake shake the bloody room a perfect fit! asbofruitly bangerang, ask and ye shall receive!! sorry that particular waffle went on a slightly bit longer than i intended but it was bloody mental and it did blow my mind a bit! so after picking up the pieces and putting my blown mind back together we had a wander around a couple of operating theatres and one of the wards, no beds in the ward but still has all the lamps, think then we headed down and came across the main through gate to the courtyard, the place with the arches and the old tracks running through. Whilst the other two got there shots i wandered off on my todd for 20 mins/half an hour and had a mooch around the basement, got a habit of wandering off, kinda miss exploring solo sometimes, nice to wander freely about and not wait to take shots or tell jane to get the funk out of the way every two minutes! I bumped back into the other two some time later by the rather well known curvy stairs, very photogenic staircase, wish i had got a few more angles tbf but as i say three of us taking shots of the same thing i got bored pretty quickly waiting around, patience is most definitely not a virtue of this particular explorer . After a bit more mooching about we ended up on the roof, could see a tradesman working on one of the out buildings and saw a high vis jacket wondering around so hid behind the upstand of a gable for 10/15 mins before glancing over the top , grabbing a couple of shots and heading back in. cant really remember where we headed next, but at one point we were in the gym and jane threw herself off the rope she was swinging on onto the floor as she had just caught site of the rozzers rolling past so again we bailed up on the roof and hid out for another 10/15 mins. We had been hearing footsteps most the morning, everyone i had spoke to about haslar prior to going had said, you're gona get caught eventually, its just a matter of how long you get in there before you do. Once we were about done with the main building it was coming on for 10 so we decided to bail out and try the water tower and the morgue, both well out in the open so the rumble-ometer was definitely in the red and low and behold, we got rumbled, not too disappointed though, we had had a good 5/6 hours in there so chalked up as a success. The secca was nice as pie, thought he was going to try and sell us some double glazing the size of the smile he had on his face as we approached him, we tried asking to see the morgue, nice as he was he poo-pooed that idea and so i told him to go stick the kettle on and have himself a little break now that he had found us and with that we left without a fuss. Bloody good morning all in. I really enjoyed this place as my uncle lives in gosport, was a navy man and also used to volunteer at haslar when it was operational so was cool to walk the same floors as he used to and looking forward to showing him some pics of the place as it is now. Lil bit of cheeky copy n paste history courtesy of the bbc. Since 1753, The Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport has provided medical care to the service personnel of the Royal Navy, and latterly, to the Army and RAF, and, in more recent years, civilians, too. The building of the hospital took 16 years and planning permission for it was first granted in 1745 by King George II, when the land was purchased. Originally, a fourth side to the hospital’s three-sided 'U' shaped layout was planned, and was to include a chapel, but due to over-spending on the project, work on it never began. "The biggest hospital in Europe!" Even so, during the building of the hospital, one of the first Physicians of Haslar (the person who ran the hospital), Dr James Lind, described the hospital as "an immense pile of a building and when complete it will certainly be the biggest hospital in Europe!" As a compromise to the scrapped fourth side, a separate church was built in 1762 for staff, their families and patients. But the hospital was already operational long before its completion – by 1753, some nine years prior to building work ending in 1762, would-be patients were bedding down in the builder's living quarters, aware that the new hospital would soon be open. With the hospital still only half-built at this stage, and the need for more space to care for sick sailors in the area becoming increasingly desperate, patients were admitted into the completed areas of the hospital from October 1753. There is no formal record of an official opening of the hospital. But Haslar frequently saw full wards, and over the decades would gain a reputation as an excellent example of military nursing care. Casualties from all major wars were treated at Haslar. The sick and injured servicemen from Trafalgar, Corunna, Waterloo, and Army casualities from the Crimean, as well as the two World Wars of the 20th Century, and the Falklands, were all cared for at Haslar. Haslar hospital, from the front Haslar hospital opened in 1753 In the first decades or so of the 1800s - the years of the Trafalgar, Corunna and Waterloo battles - many of Haslar's patients who died were laid to rest in the grounds. Its said that buried in the paddock to the south-west of the hospital are tens of thousands of servicemen, and is thought to be the densest area of burial in the UK of those who died serving their country. When Haslar first opened, some compared it to a prison. There were overcrowded buildings, discharged patients taking up home in the attics and reports of drunkenness and petty theft among staff and patients. Late 18th Century Navy inspections resulted in improved conditions, when a Naval Captain was appointed as the hospital's first governor in 1795. The management of the hospital was primarily by Naval Officers rather than by doctors, until the early 20th Century. 20th Century Haslar During World War I, the hospital was full, and during World War II, the threat of air raids meant Haslar primarily treated emergencies who were then transferred to inland hospitals once the patient was out of immediate danger. In 1941, two bombs hit the hospital. Naval recruits The hospital was originally Naval only Management of the hospital went over to doctors - Haslar was now under the leadership of a Medical Officer in Charge. In 1954 the word 'Naval' was formally included in the title of the hospital, becoming Royal Naval Hospital Haslar. A tri-service hospital 'Naval' was removed in 1966 when it became a tri-service hospital (ie Navy, Army and RAF), serving the families of service personnel as well as the local population in the Gosport area, a role it continued with until now. The military medical care carried out at Haslar now transfers to a new Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit in Portsmouth, and the 200 or so service personnel currently based at Haslar will remain there until 2009, working alongside NHS colleagues carrying out NHS work. In 2009, the hospital will close its doors for the final time. Although military medicine continues in the area, with Haslar's closure will go over 250 years of military medical history. Picturegraphs-quite pic heavy as its a big ol place and all that, had about 35 in my shortlist when i went through them but whittled it down a little! thanks for looking and have a happy haslar day kids !!
  4. I struggle a lot for good internet access of late, have a lot of old and new explores to share so will begin with good old Haslar, visited a while back now with Mr K, Matt and a cowboy. Spent hours in here, if you have not visited it is one of the best explores the UK has to offer. We thought as its nearing the end of the day, a cat and mouse game with secca would be fun, so we could explore the site properly. It didn't end well, getting shown the exit by security and what I can only describe as 6 cops straight off the set from an Hawaiian cop with cameras show. Hope you like the few images I chose, have loads from this hugh place. Some history from Wiki below too The Royal Hospital Haslar was designed by Theodore Jacobsen and built between 1746 and 1761. The site opened as a Royal Navy hospital in 1753. It has had a very long and distinguished history in the medical care of service personnel both in peacetime and in war since that time, treating many tens of thousands of patients. Haslar was the biggest hospital – and the largest brick building – in England when it was constructed. Dr James Lind (1716–1794), a leading physician at Haslar from 1758 till 1785, played a major part in discovering a cure for scurvy, not least through his pioneering use of a double blind methodology with Vitamin C supplements (limes). In 2001 Haslar was designated a Grade II listed historic park. Several of the buildings are listed. Its military status was withdrawn in 2007, and those military personnel remaining joined the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit (MDHU Portsmouth) at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth. In the summer of 2009, all remaining (civilian) medical services at Haslar were relocated to the Queen Alexandra Hospital, and the site was subsequently sold. To mark the handover of control to the civilian NHS trust, the military medical staff marched out of RH Haslar in 2007, exercising the unit's rights of the freedom of Gosport On 17 May 2010 an investigation of the hospital's burial ground, by archaeologists from Cranfield Forensic Institute, was featured on Channel 4's television programme Time Team. It was estimated that up to 7,785 individuals had been buried there, although other estimates say there could be anything up to 20,000. The hospital formally closed in 2009 and the site has since started to be redeveloped. Hope this report is to everyone's liking
  5. Fort Gilkicker, Gosport – March 2015 Visited with Mookster on a last minute trip down to The South Coast on what has been the start of some beautiful days across the UK. History borrowed and doctored from Man_Gone_Wrong’s December 2014 Report on 28days. Fort Gilkicker is a Grade II* Listed Building and Scheduled Ancient Monumen. It is a unique piece of Victorian engineering and of great importance to the history of coastal defence in the United Kingdom. The “Palmerstone†Fort, was commissioned in the 19th century by the Prime Minister of the time; Lord Palmerston, as a gun battery to protect the seas around Portsmouth. At the time, Portsmouth was the most important deep sea anchorage in the British Empire, from the threat of invasion. The Fort was constructed on the site of the earlier Fort Monckton Auxiliary Battery. Construction began in 1863 and was completed by 1871. It consisted of 22 gun emplacements in a series of semi-circular granite-faced casemates designed to sweep the approaches to Portsmouth harbour with devastating gun fire. Fort Gilkicker was laid up in 1956 when Coastal Defence was abolished. In more recent times, the Fort was earmarked for restoration into luxury apartments. Here is a quote from the developers website: Some of the rooms were cleaned up and had electricity installed for a special Open Day in September 2012 so prospective buyers could view plans and marvel at the decaying Fort as their new home. Developers Chesterton Humberts seem to have since shelved this idea as the sea air remains to decay the old Fort. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 Of course, no trip to the Sea Side was complete without Fish and Chips…. …As always guys; Thanks for Looking More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157650868008279/
  6. I recently saw this place posted on another forum and instantly thought to myself 'that's really cool!', so on very short notice myself and Landie Man took a trip to the seaside, in beautiful sunny weather that you could almost feel the first hints of Spring in. This isn't my usual sort of location but I felt some draw to this place, a real urge in me to see it that I haven't felt for a while and it didn't disappoint. Other than the smashed windows it's a wonderfully well preserved example of a Palmerston Fort, and I really enjoyed walking around here in peace and quiet away from all the big city distractions for the day. Some history from our favourite friend Wikipedia.... Currently the fort is listed at the highest grade possible - II* - as well as being on the Buildings at Risk register and a planned conversion into luxury accomodation appears to be on hold for the time being. There is some form of active radar system mounted on the roof with it's own secure cabin which we left well alone, not sure what it is used for - Coastguard? Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157650663119898/
  7. I visited with sentinel, extreme_ironing, overarch, and makepondsnotwar. This was my third visit here, we had a quick look for the padded cell in the psychiatric block but it wasn't accessible so we made our way into the main complex instead. We had 5 hours inside with no hassle. The main target for me was the X-ray department which is still full of machines and equipment. It is amazing to see all this stuff left behind which must have cost a small fortune at one time. The NHS claim they kept anything of any worth and that these machines were too old to be of any use, I find that hard to believe. Here are some historical details about the hospital. The Royal Hospital Haslar was designed by Theodore Jacobsen and built between 1746-61. The site opened as a Royal Navy hospital in 1753. It has had a very long and distinguished history in the medical care of service personnel both in peacetime and in war since that time, treating many tens of thousands of patients. Haslar was the biggest hospital and the largest brick building in England when it was constructed. Dr James Lind (1716-1794), a leading physician at Haslar from 1758 till 1785, played a major part in discovering a cure for scurvy, not least through his pioneering use of a double blind methodology with Vitamin C supplements (limes). The hospital included an asylum for sailors with psychiatric disorders, and an early superintending psychiatrist was the phrenologist, Dr James Scott (1785-1859), a member of the influential Edinburgh Phrenological Society. In 1902 the hospital became known as the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar (abbreviated to RNH Haslar). In the 1940s, RNH Haslar set up the country's first blood bank to treat wounded soldiers from the Second World War. In 1966, the remit of the hospital expanded to serve all three services; the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, after which time, it became known as the Royal Military Hospital Haslar. In 1996 the hospital again became known as the Royal Hospital Haslar. In 2001 Haslar was designated a Grade II listed historic park and several of the buildings are listed. Also in 2001, the provision of acute healthcare within Royal Hospital Haslar was transferred from the Defence Secondary Care Agency to the NHS Trust. The Royal Hospital was the last MOD-owned acute hospital in the UK. The decision to end the provision of bespoke hospital care for Service personnel was taken prior to the UK's expeditionary campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, but was nevertheless followed through, largely on the grounds of cost. The change from military control to the NHS, and the complete closure of the hospital have remained the subject of considerable local controversy. The hospital formally closed in 2009 and the site has since meant to have started redevelopment, although there are no signs of this having taken place. The citizens of Gosport are said to deeply saddened by the closure of Haslar and there are campaigns to keep the hospital open. Gosport politicians cite that the UK is the only country in the Western world not to have a dedicated Military hospital, run by and for its military staff who understand the needs and ideology of the service person. At present, most casualties from conflicts return to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for treatment at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine. 1. 2.At one time patients would be brought into the hospital by train along these tracks 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. X-Ray Department 14. 15. 16. 17. The insides of a scanner 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. We had a spectacular sunset to end the day Thanks for having a mooch
  8. The History The Royal Hospital Haslar was designed by Theodore Jacobsen and built between 1746-61. The site opened as a Royal Navy hospital in 1753. It has had a very long and distinguished history in the medical care of service personnel both in peacetime and in war since that time, treating many tens of thousands of patients. Haslar was the biggest hospital and the largest brick building in England when it was constructed. Dr James Lind (1716-1794), a leading physician at Haslar from 1758 till 1785, played a major part in discovering a cure for scurvy, not least through his pioneering use of a double blind methodology with Vitamin C supplements (limes). The hospital included an asylum for sailors with psychiatric disorders, and an early superintending psychiatrist was the phrenologist, Dr James Scott (1785-1859), a member of the influential Edinburgh Phrenological Society. In 1902 the hospital became known as the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar (abbreviated to RNH Haslar). In the 1940s, RNH Haslar set up the country's first blood bank to treat wounded soldiers from the Second World War. In 1966, the remit of the hospital expanded to serve all three services; the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, after which time, it became known as the Royal Military Hospital Haslar. In 1996 the hospital again became known as the Royal Hospital Haslar. In 2001 Haslar was designated a Grade II listed historic park and several of the buildings are listed. Also in 2001, the provision of acute healthcare within Royal Hospital Haslar was transferred from the Defence Secondary Care Agency to the NHS Trust. The Royal Hospital was the last MOD-owned acute hospital in the UK. The decision to end the provision of bespoke hospital care for Service personnel was taken prior to the UK's expeditionary campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, but was nevertheless followed through, largely on the grounds of cost. The change from military control to the NHS, and the complete closure of the hospital have remained the subject of considerable local controversy. The hospital formally closed in 2009 and the site has since meant to have started redevelopment, although there are no signs of this having taken place. The citizens of Gosport are said to deeply saddened by the closure of Haslar and there are campaigns to keep the hospital open. Gosport politicians cite that the UK is the only country in the Western world not to have a dedicated Military hospital, run by and for its military staff who understand the needs and ideology of the service person. At present, most casualties from conflicts return to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for treatment at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine. The Explore I visited with Sentinel (aka Rolf Harris) who kindly drove, Secret Door (aka Back Door Entrance) and bassboyjoe (aka mummys boy joe). We spent a good few hours dicking around avoiding driven security patrols and trying to find a way into the main building. Our perseverance eventually paid off and we had just over a couple of hours to see as much as possible before we needed to head back to london. The amount of stuff to see in there was incredible, around every corner there was something fascinating, XRAY scanners, MRI scanners, operating theatres complete with operating lights, waiting rooms full of chairs, beds, corridor porn, and amazing views across the whole site which is gigantic. The best bit for me was the gamma laboratory full of lab equipment including a centrifuge for spinning test tube samples amongst other things. The roof was also pretty spectacular with it's multiple white triangular skylights everywhere, quite a cool sight. Despite having seen all of the stuff photographed below, we still probably only saw about a quarter of the whole site which highlights just how huge the place really is. Definitely one of my favourite sites to date, surely the best hospital in the country in fact.... Loves a good hospital I does! The Pics There's shitloads to photograph in there, could easily have posted 2 reports with different shots, hope you enjoy. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. Thanks for looking ladies and gentlemen!
  9. After a few failed attempts over the past year. I saw online that it was becoming popular again, so I thought I would give it a try again. This time with no problems. Spent 7 hours inside here. Didn't see anyone else. We saw fresh footprints on the floor that didn't match any of our footwear, then noticed a few doors being sealed up that weren't the first time around? strange! Any way, here are my pictures. Nothing new, just the same stuff! A couple are a slight HDR but nothing eye burning! Hope you like. Founded in the reign of King George I, the Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport, Hampshire, was one of several hospitals serving the Portsmouth Urban Area, but had previously been the country's foremost – and ultimately last – military hospital. Its military status was withdrawn in 2007, and those military personnel remaining joined the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit (MDHU Portsmouth) at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth. In the summer of 2009, all remaining (civilian) medical services at Haslar were relocated to the Queen Alexandra Hospital, and the site was subsequently sold. The Royal Military Hospital Haslar had a number of notable specialist medical facilities, including a decompression chamber and a zymotic isolation ward. History[edit] The Royal Hospital Haslar was designed by Theodore Jacobsen and built between 1746–61. The site opened as a Royal Navy hospital in 1753. It has had a very long and distinguished history in the medical care of service personnel both in peacetime and in war since that time, treating many tens of thousands of patients. Haslar was the biggest hospital – and the largest brick building – in England when it was constructed. Dr James Lind (1716–1794), a leading physician at Haslar from 1758 till 1785, played a major part in discovering a cure for scurvy, not least through his pioneering use of a double blind methodology with Vitamin C supplements (limes). The hospital included an asylum for sailors with psychiatric disorders, and an early superintending psychiatrist was the phrenologist, Dr James Scott (1785–1859), a member of the influential Edinburgh Phrenological Society. In 1902 the hospital became known as the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar (abbreviated to RNH Haslar). In the 1940s, RNH Haslar set up the country's first blood bank to treat wounded soldiers from the Second World War. In 1966, the remit of the hospital expanded to serve all three services – the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, after which time, it became known as the Royal Military Hospital Haslar. In 1996 the hospital again became known as the Royal Hospital Haslar. In 2001, the provision of acute healthcare within Royal Hospital Haslar was transferred from the Defence Secondary Care Agency to the NHS Trust. The Royal Hospital was the last MOD-owned acute hospital in the UK. The decision to end the provision of bespoke hospital care for Service personnel was taken prior to the UK's expeditionary campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, but was nevertheless followed through, largely on the grounds of cost. The change from military control to the NHS, and the complete closure of the hospital have remained the subject of considerable local controversy. The hospital formally closed in 2009 and the site has since started to be redeveloped. PLEASE LOOK UP AND SEE THE TRAM LINES:^ The Haslar Tramway was constructed in 1877 as a single line running from the Haslar Jetty into the Main Arcade of the hospital. At the jetty there was an ambulance shed with a junction for the storage of the ambulance tram and a similar junction at the Arcade. The two trams were built by the London and Midland Railway. Hospital boats or cutters collected the sick, wounded or dead from the anchoring fleet at Spithead and the dockyard and ferried them to the Haslar Jetty. On arrival at the jetty the patients were landed and transferred to the ambulance. Sick Berth staff then pushed the ambulance to the Main Arcade. On arrival at the Arcade the patients were then carried to the hospital receiving room for admission. Thank You!
  10. Royal Hospital Haslar Visited with Chaos History Founded in the reign of King George I, the Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport, Hampshire, was one of several hospitals serving the Portsmouth area, but had previously been the country's foremost - and ultimately last - military hospital. Its military status was withdrawn in 2007, and those military personnel remaining joined the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit (MDHU Portsmouth) at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth. In the summer of 2009, all remaining (civilian) medical services at Haslar were relocated to the Queen Alexandra Hospital, and the site was subsequently sold. The Royal Military Hospital Haslar has had a number of notable specialist medical facilities, including a decompression chamber and a zymotic isolation ward. The Royal Hospital Haslar was designed by Theodore Jacobsen and built between 1746-61. The site opened as a Royal Navy hospital in 1753. It has had a very long and distinguished history in the medical care of service personnel both in peacetime and in war since that time, treating many tens of thousands of patients. Haslar was the biggest hospital - and the largest brick building - in England when it was constructed. Dr James Lind (1716-1794), a leading physician at Haslar from 1758 till 1785, played a major part in discovering a cure for scurvy, not least through his pioneering use of a double blind methodology with Vitamin C supplements (limes). The hospital included an asylum for sailors with psychiatric disorders, and an early superintending psychiatrist was the phrenologist, Dr James Scott (1785–1859), a member of the influential Edinburgh PhrenologicalSociety. In 1902 the hospital became known as the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar (abbreviated to RNH Haslar). In the 1940s, RNH Haslar set up the country's first blood bank to treat wounded soldiers from the Second World War. In 1966, the remit of the hospital expanded to serve all three services - the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, after which time, it became known as the Royal Military Hospital Haslar. In 1996 the hospital again became known as the Royal Hospital Haslar. In 2001, the provision of acute healthcare within Royal Hospital Haslar was transferred from the Defence Secondary Care Agency to the NHS Trust. The Royal Hospital was the last MOD-owned acute hospital in the UK. The decision to end the provision of bespoke hospital care for Service personnel was taken prior to the UK's expeditionary campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, but was nevertheless followed through, largely on the grounds of cost. The change from military control to the NHS, and the complete closure of the hospital have remained the subject of considerable local controversy. The hospital formally closed in 2009 with a view to it being redeveloped in some shape or form in the future Report 4am seemed like a good idea when we finalised a plan for this jaunt....roll on a few days and I'm up in the dark, the oncoming winter's cold creeping in and its pissing it down. Not to let a chilly dark wet morning dampen the mood, We drive the hour to Gosport to have a crack at Haslar. Due to the changes to a few of the locations 'features' we were on the verge of knocking it on the head...however i'm not one to give up on a derp that easy. The sun was coming up and we were running out of ideas so with a quick chat we decided on a risky yet rewarding little mission, with a bit of a squeeze here and a squeeze there and some clever placement tekkers we were in. The site itself is on the large size, its a typical style massive hospital layout where you have no idea where your going. We followed the remaining signage and decided to check the mass of X-ray, MRI and CT scanners/machines first. I'm amazed none of this kit has been removed and given a new home, but with the rate of advance that technology is moving these days the equipment has been left behind in dark ages. We cracked on through the various buildings, wards, walkways and old operating theatres attempting to cover as much ground as possible before I needed to be back for my Sunday roast. Someone has clearly made an effort (albeit not a very good one) to put in a few cuffed security measures internally which resulted in lots of up and down stairwells and in and out of wards and admin offices to try and get from point to point, it definitely added double the amount of walking distance. We found that after we'd seen the things we came for we ended up going round in circles, with legs getting sore and belly's needing sustenance we decided to head out and home. This was a good little explore and another box ticked. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Thanks for looking
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