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  1. CMH visited with AndyK! This was our final stop of a mini tour and what a surprise was in store! Having battled sleep deprivation, roundabouts with traffic lights… or did they? lack of food and battery problems we finally found our way inside CMH and in an area which didn’t look familiar, and once we started entering rooms and jaws hit the ground we knew we were on to something very nice. So we head in to another part and I find myself in a dark place, shining my torch on something. Excitedly Andy quietly calls me to come over the corridor… I wonder if he has also found things like this? Nope no equipment here but whats this? Power is on and Andy has lights! But for now ignore the lights and come see this…. A cautionary note to anyone else who finds their way here, the power also extends to the x-ray equipment as confirmed by a loud ka-chunk followed by a humming sound while I was fried by Andy. De-commissioned machines may have faults, x-rays are dangerous to you and your photos so don’t play with the machines! And so we then ventured into the parts everyone knows so well, sadly I didn’t get as many shots in here as hoped due to the aforementioned battery issues, but never mind it was still an enjoyable and exciting day… word of advice though… even if you have had zero sleep for the previous two nights, a cold hard ward floor is not the nicest of places to wake up on 40 minutes later… Thanks for looking, time to sleep! High res images @ www.zerourbex.co.uk/2014/02/cmh-the-unseen/
  2. THE UNSEEN X-Ray Department at CMH The Radiology department at CMH was operated by Frimley Park Hospital. The opening of Frimley Park coincided with the closure of Cambridge Military Hospital, and most of the staff from CMH were relocated there. The new radiology department remained located within the old Victorian buildings of CMH until 2009 when more modern, computerised services were opened at Frimley Park's main site. Our Visit The last stop on a busy weekend of exploring instead of sleeping (and two pretty-much all-nighters in a row) with ZeroUE. The main building is notoriously difficult because of the Ghurkha security that patrol the site. We would have been pleased to visit just the main building this time (after only managing the maternity ward on a previous visit), so we were over the moon to discover an X-ray department in great condition as well. This was one of those visits where luck was on our side and just by chance presented us with the opportunities we needed. Amazingly, the electricity is still on and the machines power up - Zero wasn't impressed when I tried to zap him! WARNING: X-Rays are dangerous, kids! If you visit here, do not play with the machines, they emit radiation and can potentially kill you! (Yes, yes, I know you're going to, but at least I can't be blamed now ) On with the pics.... 1. X-Ray Machine 2. X-Ray Machine 3. X-Ray Machine 4. Machine Detail 5. Warning Lights 6. Controlled X-Radiation 7. Radiology Room 8. Admission and Discharge Book 9. Notice 10. Reception 11. X-Ray films left behind 9. Operating Light 10. Trolley with eyes! 12. ZeroUE Selfie 13. Selfie on the machine 14. X-Ray Machine Detail
  3. At the time of my visit it was quite clear that the demo team had been there in full force, with 90% of the former hospital being reduced to nothing. What remained has been included in my report. Unfortunately there are no externals from on site as I was disturbed by an unmarked van which pulled up outside the buildings, with the driver proceeding to pile wooden blocks into the back. I saw a fire excape at the end of the (very soggy) corridor I was on and made my way along to it to find it was locked. Quietly does it back through the building and off. From the BBC Domesday record in 1983: “This was built in 1888 originally as a hospital for Infectious Diseases such as scarlet fever, diphtheria, typhoid, tuberculosis and later polio. During World War 1, injured soldiers who had been sent home were housed in two pavilions built on the East side of Benfield Road. Originally temporary, they were not demolished until about 7 yrs (which would be 1976) ago. The hospital, now contracted to 192 beds, has Eye Ear Nose and Throat departments. It is expected to be used only for looking after old people in future, with operations being carried out at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle which has also the nearest Accident Departmentâ€Â. Fast forward a bit to 2011: The two remaining wards at Walkergate Hospital shut for the final time in 2011 Ten elderly ward 4 patients, many of whom have been cared for at the hospital for a number of years, are to be moved to nursing homes. The ward provides longer-term and palliative care services for patients with chronic conditions. It also provides respite care for patients for one or two-week periods. Patients are often transferred to the ward from the Royal Victoria Infirmary or Freeman Hospital if they need longer term nursing care. It is thought the closure will take place this summer. The services offered by ward 3, a rehabilitation facility that helps patients regain their confidence in mobility and tasks such as washing, dressing and taking medication, will be moved to the Freeman. It is thought that the staff from both wards will move to roles at other hospitals. A spokeswoman for Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “The elderly care accommodation at Walkergate Hospital dates back to the 1980s and after 130 years of sterling service is no longer appropriate. “For some time now plans have been progressed to bring about alternative arrangements that serve to reflect the environment we should be providing either in the community or in the hospital. “The reaction to change is understandable but what is to happen over the coming months is about overall quality improvement and for no other reason.†One relative of a patient, who did not wish to be named, said: “There are a lot of extremely unhappy relatives of patients who have valued the care given to their loved ones on ward 4 at Walkergate. “The staff are a genuinely caring and close-knit team. The care which they provide is second to none. As for the patients, the impact on them doesn’t bear thinking about. “As it is, they’re going to suddenly find themselves in some nursing home, in strange surroundings with strange people – a recipe for disaster.†Transix 800 S x-ray generator by GEC Medical (General Electric Company) GEC Medical Stylos x-ray tube stand, smashed to the ground The x-ray power supply, 1000 volts AC GEC Medical adjustable x-ray table Kodak X-Omatic Identification Camera. This was used to put patient information onto an x-ray film by exposing a small corner of the film with the patients ID details Kodak Automixer II. This was used to prepare the chemicals used for x-ray film. Developer would go in the left, fixer on the right with the controls in the middle. Each side could hold 40 litres of chemicals I have no idea what Lokas is, they were all labelled as such but with different dates. Whatever was in them had by now turned solid. These were in the x-ray developing room. Oxygen and Nitrous Oxide, outside the operating theater. The theater its self was empty. I was getting quite peckish by now, but someone had cleaned out the vending machine Room 13, it wasn’t very lucky I’m hoping that’s tomato sauce on the wall of the General Office A fancy bathtub. The water looked like someone used it to wash in after they shit themselves trialing the Jetpack Toilet Prototype Jetpack Toilet, unfortunately it will no longer fly This was the day room, doesn’t look very inviting now does it Thanks for looking!

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