The site at Selly Oak was originally built in 1872 as a workhouse with a capacity for 200 pauper inmates. Five years later an infirmary was built it was cause of much controversy as the project went extremely over budget. The infirmary had capacity for 250 patients and within the next 30 years the site doubled in size. This trend continued with the addition of more services and in 1942 the School Of Nursing was opened.
As we move forward to the future Selly Oak Hospital was renowned as one of the best trauma care and burns units in the country.
The hospital closed in 2012 with the opening of a new hospital. The site was sold to developers who were well underway with work when I visited here.
Sadly I visited this abandoned hospital a little late, the redevelopment project was in full swing and some buildings had been demolished. However there was plenty here to keep me occupied. One of the highlights for me was the wooden x-ray light boxes. Surprisingly these were found in some of the more modern buildings on the site.
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