Brindley Heath Hospital, Cannock Chase

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Date:1917 - 1924 (c.)

Description:This postcard was sent by a nurse working at the hospital and she has marked with a cross where her Ward was, which was No. 11. Further down the main track you can see the flagpole which was at the entrance to the main administration building and beyond that the other water tower that housed the tanks and assisted water pressure. She mentions that each Ward has sixty beds, other reports mention fifty beds per Ward. This would be a better match for newspaper reports that state it was a one thousand bed hospital. If demand was high they may have crammed a few extra beds into the three main sites of the Hospital including the Isolation Wards further along. The greatest demand was when the "Spanish" flu pandemic struck the Camp late 1918.

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Source: Mr Jake Whitehouse

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