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Brierton Hospital

The former Brierton Hospital was originally built in 1933 as an isolation hospital for patients suffering from infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, scarlet fever and diphtheria.

It consisted of a combined administrative, kitchen and nurses block, separate pavilion blocks for patient accommodation and a laundry, mortuary and ambulance block, together with a porter’s lodge.

There were two pavilion blocks providing accommodation for 22 scarlet fever patients  and 16 diphtheria patients, each subdivided into male and female wards. There was also an observation block, which was divided into eight single bed cubicles, hermetically sealed from each other by a brick partition, in each of which was a large plate glass window for observation purposes.

The advent of new drugs gave the possibility to carry out mass immunisation programmes, leading to a rapid decline in these serious diseases  and the hospital was converted to a hospital for the elderly in 1971, when it had 45 beds.  

Extensions to one of the wards took place in the mid-1970s, adding another 6 beds, and further extensions led to a new building being constructed in January 1981.

In 1996 the old hospital was closed and the patients transferred to new accommodation provided by the private sector at Brierton Lodge.

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