Wolverhampton hospital opened in 1849, thanks to some local businessmen who decided that the town needed a hospital. Over the years it expanded, with new wings and operating facilities being built. It finally closed in 1997 when a new out-of-town hospital was built. Ten years later the buildings sit rotting away in Wolverhampton’s city centre, suffering at the hands of vandals, vagrants and arsonists. Tesco apparently own the site, and work has begun on some regeneration in the area…
If you’re interested in reading more about the hospital then this website has a far more detailed history.
The buildings are rather impressive. Most are to be demolished.
Being a hospital, it has relatively standard features…
The intricate network of corridors (and staircases)
Accident & Emergency
An accident & emergency unit. Totally stripped out.
Operating theatres – these ones were added to the hospital during the 1960s. Again, they’re totally stripped out.
It’s a hospital. Yes, it has wards. They’re totally stripped out (see the theme?)
We decided to make our way up to the roof for the view. Curiously there was a small, unassuming building on the roof – the Maxillofacial Laboratory.
Hmm, what do they in this laboratory? Based on bits left around, such as teeth and ears moulds, it was for faces. According to Wikipedia, Maxillofacial Surgery is surgery to correct a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.
Oh, back to standard stuff. A pharmacy, for all of the medicines. Guess what – it’s stripped out.
If you’ve seen photos of this hospital before, you’ve probably seen people posing in some macabre-looking X-ray machine. If not, here’s a macabre looking X-ray machine. Without posing…