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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. With power still on in some parts, the sheer amount of peeling paint and the cool ‘bleeding doors’ the maternity hospital at CMH never disappoints! Joined on this trip by Mr Andy K and the Mule! I was really glad to finally get back to this place after my first trip there in February. The main building on the site still seems to elude me but I hope to manage that someday in the future. For now though it was good to have another wonder around the wards, corridors and theatre rooms of the LMM Hospital . Thanks to Mr K for assisting with the powering of additional lights which made for some illuminating photos . The ‘bleeding doors’ still always impress me and despite being quite difficult to photograph because of the double side lighting they are worth the effort! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Thanks for looking more photos and higher res copies of the ones above can be found here: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2014/02/07/urbex-cmh-the-military-hospital-lmm-annex-united-kingdom-december-2013-revisit/
  4. After visiting the hospital back in august I decided I would get some more external shots at night. I entered the site as usual and headed towards the first set of buildings and started capturing some long exposures. It was a perfect night, the stars and the moon were shining bright, perfect! I then headed onto the main road however within a minute or so we spotted the secca and his dog walking towards us. I decided not to start running and calmly made myself around to the clock tower at the front. I crouched down for a minute or so before the secca and his dog walked past about 10ft away from me, how he didn't notice me I will never know. He then stayed on the corner of the road for what seemed like ages so I decided to head to the front gate and let myself out. Of course they spotted me walking out, so after talking to them for about 5 mins and them threatening to call the police I just walked out the gate and that was that. Being my first night explore I really enjoyed it, there's something about wandering around an abandoned building at night and taking photos that is quite peaceful Anyway along with the photos!
  5. The pair of ex-Gurkha security guards rounded the corner of the building and spotted our party within milliseconds. "Intruders! Code Red, boss! CODE RED!" The voice shouting into the walkie-talkie had an amusing mixture of professional urgency and childish excitement. We had entered the vast fenced grounds of the abandoned military hospital with the utmost stealth, hugging tree-lines and sending scouts ahead to check for patrols. That was hours ago though and we had explored every nook and cranny of the large main hospital block. Now we had grown cocky and strolled around the grounds showing little concern for the possibility of being caught. And caught we were. Sure, we could have ran and given the guards a little exercise but, honestly, the route in was a bit of a pain in the arse and we were perfectly happy to be walked to the front gates and let out. So, we wandered the site looking for access to some of the smaller buildings, knowing there were guards wandering around and seeing how long we could get away with it before inevitably being seen. When we were eventually seen, the hapless guards seemed to think themselves inside some Andy McNabb novel. You could almost see in their eyes the replaying of Die Hard movies and hours playing Splinter Cell. As we carefully and politely explained we were simply amateur photographers who like old buildings, they looked visibly disappointed. We were not the expertly-captured explosive-planting terrorist cell that they had clearly pictured us as when they saw a group wearing black, carrying rucksacks and strange equipment (or cameras and tripods, once they got a closer look). But, maybe the 'photographer' story was a clever rouse on our part? "We'll need to see some IDs. I'll also need to see the contents of your bags. Do you have any weapons or sharp objects?" "Sorry mate, haven’t got any ID on me.", I replied. I sometimes wonder what sort of terrorist or hard-core criminal would wander around with a valid ID. Surely that sort of stuff would be covered in Al-Qaida 101, no? Anyway, as we reached the front gates, a big white van sped towards us and screeched to an abrupt halt. It had dogs in the back and a large burly gentleman in the driver’s seat. He seemed to be running the show and is presumably the recipient of the slightly overenthusiastic "CODE RED!" radioed in earlier. He got out of the vehicle and adopted his most intimidating face and pose as he prepared to deal with this supposed high-level threat. He looked us over, assessing what immediate action was required to contain and deal with the threat. He looked around and past us searching for something to warrant the guard’s excitement. He looked us over again and looked back at the guards, his expression dropping with the disapproval of a man who does not appreciate having his time wasted. "You have to be f**king kidding me!" We were questioned with a few trivialities and explained that we were just some friends who like to take pictures of old buildings and what a lovely old hospital it is and we really are terribly sorry if we caused any problems. The 'dumb tourist' - works a treat when dealing with security. Give them just enough apology and subservience without giving away anything you don't need to. "Yeah, just got in about twenty minutes ago. No, of course we have not been inside the buildings - they look a bit dangerous." "We got under the front gates, using that big gap at the bottom." another member of our party offered as he scanned the area around us. After agreeing to demonstrate how we would have got in (God knows why that was necessary but it was quite amusing) we saw the head guard stare intensely at one of the two who caught us. The under-gate entry point was a little bit of creative story-telling since we clearly didn't want to give the real hard-won entry route away - That would just spoil it for others who came after. But, it turns out that the "RED ALERT!" guard was also the one who would have been stationed at the guard hut...right at the gate when we were supposed to be making our way in. We had accidentally created a version of the truth whereby we (all 6 of us) go right past the single point that hapless guard was supposed to be watching. I expect he got a bit of a wrist slap after all of that but I only have so much sympathy after all of his dickish bag-search nonsense. By this point the guard told his boss they were going to take our names and perform bag searches in an apparent attempt to regain some credibility - he just ignored him, opening the gates for us to leave. So, yeah, old derelict army hospital, nice rooms, lots of history etc. etc. The getting caught was by far the most entertaining part of the visit so that’s what I wanted to write about this time, for the rest see the photos! Thanks MrD
  6. Well this had been on the 'list' for some time now, and after getting the nod from peterc4, and not actually working for once, it was on!!! Great day, with great company, peterc4, also good to meet up again with Stussy, Mrdistopia, Sickbag Scattergun, Starlight Cambridge Military Hospital CMH Aldershot The Cambridge Military Hospital (CMH) was the fifth military hospital built in Aldershot. The CMH was built by Messrs Martin Wells and Co. of Aldershot. The building costs were approximately £45,758. The first patients admitted to the CMH were on Friday 18 July 1879. They either walked or were taken by cart ambulance from the Connaught Hospital. How Did The CMH Get Its Name? The title had nothing to do with the Cambridge area but came from His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge who was the Commander-in-Chief of the Army at the time. The Duke of Cambridge opened the CMH Aldershot in July 1879. The Design Of The Hospital The hospital was built on a hill because current clinical thinking at the time thought that the wind would sweep away any infection and clean the air. The CMH was famed for its supposedly mile long corridor. We have never measured it but walking from casualty down to the children's ward often felt like it! The original plan was to have a series of self contained wards for regiments all joined onto the corridor. It was hoped that this would also reduce cross infection. By the time the hospital opened it had been decided to run the hospital as areas of treatment rather than type of cap badge. The hospital soon became a fully functioning hospital and was the first in the UK to receive battle casualties directly from the front of World War One. The Cambridge Military Hospital was the first British Military Hospital to open a plastic surgery unit. This was opened by Captain Gillies. He had been in France on leave in June 1915 and met the surgeon Hippolyte Morestin and watched him perform facial reconstructions on patients with cancer. He learnt from the surgeon and brought his experience and new knowledge to England and was soon operating on soldiers back from the Battle of the Somme of World War One with facial gunshot and shrapnel wounds and injuries. Dental work was performed by William Kelsey Fry and the plastic surgery unit was overseen by Sir W. Arbuthnot. Over the decades the hospital grew and not only treated soldiers and their families but local civilians. Departments grew and included an accident and emergency unit, children's, medical, plastic surgical, general surgery, burns, gynaecological, intensive care and orthopaedic wards. Departments included several theatres, an X-ray unit, an out patients department and a large laboratory at the rear of the CMH. This was called the Leishman Laboratory. It was opened by Lady Leishman in 1932, wife of Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) Chair of Pathology Sir William Leishman. Well on with the pics, enjoy Thanks for looking
  7. Brief History The Cambridge Military Hospital opened its doors to patients in 1879. The name Cambridge came from His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge who was the Commander-in-Chief of the Army at the time. The hospital was built on a hill because current clinical thinking at the time thought that the wind would sweep away any infection and clean the air. The CMH was famed for its supposedly mile long corridor, with self contained wards and rooms branching off on either side. It was hoped that this design would reduce cross infection. The Louise Margaret Hospital opened in 1898 and eventually changed its name and purpose in 1958 to become the Louise Margaet Maternity Hospital, caring solely for mothers and babies. The CMH was used throughout its years to house casualties from the majority of the wars this country has seen; from the first world war upto the first gulf war. The Cambridge Military Hospital closed down in 1996. Many factors were given as the reason for its closure; cost to maintain, efficiency and asbestos were among them. Our Visit Well, this was the first one for the day and after a disappointing fail the day before, we had everything crossed for this. Explored with Banshee =} on this South Of England trip. This was a first visit to CMH for both of us and after much walking,running,crawling and climbing we eventually made it into the Maternity Wards. Unfortunately, we didnt have time to head over to the rest of the site but i think a revisit may be on the cards for this one. All in all cracking explore and definitely a favourite of mine. Now on with some pics. and final to finish Hope You Enjoyed !