thanks to this site: http://ezitis.myzen.co.uk/brookgeneral.html
LOST HOSPITALS OF LONDON
I found some information about the Brook Hospital in Woolwich, where I trained for one year in 1971-2… I had GooGled it a number of times, but didn’t find any hits. However when I GooGled the War Memorial Hospital, also on Shooter’s Hill Road…………… there they were….Lost Hospitals of London. A very informative, interesting site with the following introduction:
This site is dedicated to the staff of the NHS, who provided the will and energy to change bricks and stone into centres of healing – until time and change brought down the curtain.
|It became part of the NHS in 1948 under the control of the Woolwich Group Hospital Management Committee, part of the South East Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board. It was then linked with the Memorial Hospital and all medical beds were transferred from the Memorial Hospital to the Brook, which was eventually renamed the Brook General HospitalIn 1952 it had 644 beds – of which only 414 were in use. By 1956, 472 were in use. It had changed from being a fever hospital (although two infectious disease wards remained) to primarily a medical one. The wards, built to take 20 fever patients, now contained 30 beds. The bed curtains and overhead lights, set up at fever bed distances, meant that only every other bed had a light. Most of the patients were long-term and the medical wards were overcrowded, with additional beds set up in the middle of the wards.The Hospital also accommodated the Regional Thoracic Surgery and Neurosurgery Units, but no general surgery was undertaken. The neurosurgical ward was partly partitioned, with six single cubicles for noisy patients.
The Hospital site also contained the Preliminary Training School for nurses for the Hospital for Sick Children in Great Ormond Street, which had to remain until a new building could be built elsewhere for the School in some two years time.
The Physiotherapy Department consisted of curtained cubicles in a ward, with 21 separate cubicles for heat, ray and other treatments. The Hospital also provided physiotherapy for patients from the Memorial Hospital. The Physiotherapy Department proved rather inaccessible from the place where the ambulances had to unload; to reach it patients had to be pushed in wheelchairs for 100 yards (90 metres) down a path with two right-angle bends.
In 1957 a new female ward for the chronically sick (incurables) opened. The other three geriatric wards were modernised. An effort was made to make these wards – two with 28 beds each for females and one with 33 beds for males – as home-like as possible.
In 1974, following a reorganisation of the NHS, control of the Hospital passed to the Greenwich and Bexley Area Health Authority, part of the South East Thames Regional Health Authority. In 1982, after another NHS reorganisation, it came under the auspices of the Greenwich Health Authority.
Brook Ward at Kings College Hospital is named after Brook General Hospital.
|Surviving old buildings beside the 20,000 gallon water tower, which stood in front of the administration building.|
|The view along Shooters Hill Road from the adjacent Royal Herbert Hospital site, showing the newly built housing and the water tower.
New housing beside the tower.
|The water tower, now a private residence.|
|I edited the information posted above down to The Brook’s last years, although the rest of the history is fascinating, like all the lost hospitals of London|