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  1. History. The first buildings on the site of Selly Oak Hospital were those of the King's Norton Union Workhouse, featured in the image below. It was a place for the care of the poor and was one of many workhouses constructed throughout the country following the introduction of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. This act replaced the earlier system of poor relief, dating from 1601. At Selly Oak, a separate infirmary was built in 1897 at a cost of £52,000. It was the subject of much heated debate as the original estimate had been £18,000. It was a light, clean and practical building, and generally a source of much pride. The guardians took great care and gathered information from other infirmaries to ensure that the final design, put out to a competition and won by Mr. Daniel Arkell, was up-to-date and modern. The infirmary accommodated about 250 patients in eight Nightingale wards and smaller side wards and rooms. There was also provision for maternity cases. Between the two main pavilions were a central administration block, kitchens, a laundry, a water tower, doctors' rooms and a telephone exchange. There was no operating theatre or mortuary and, in the workhouse tradition, the internal walls were not plastered, painted brick being considered good enough for the sick paupers. The workhouse and infirmary were separated by a high dividing wall and were run as separate establishments. The hospital grew in size with more buildings built, including the morgue, theatres & and a few laboratories. The hospital closed in 2012, due to the newer hospital been built with more facilities, much larger then the original and a more modern. Shorty after the closer of the Hospital, the buildings have stood intact and even still had working lights in some of the buildings, But after time it became a hot spot due to the amount of copper and materials left inside, this lead to people setting up camp on site and completely stripping most of the buildings back. In the past few months the main hospital has been looking in it's worst state, with corridors you can't even walk down due to the extent of damage caused. Currently the site is up for demolition, where 650 houses will be built within the site the hospital once was. Slowly but surely you can see signs of work been done, footings and old pipe work is been dug up ready for new piping etc. It'll be sad to see this place go, but things have to move on. The visit Visited with @BrainL. We'd previously done the main hospital and the morgue and we wanted to adventure over to the other side of the hospital. We walked around and got into the admin block, x-ray block, outpatients and a few more ( can't remember names) I wish I done this a few months back, because once inside it was pretty much bare, big piles of " scrap" had been assembled and wasn't the same. Anyways we both seen things we hadn't before and we was very chuffed with the result. Thanks for looking
  2. 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/
  3. 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
  4. 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!