Wrightington Hospital9 Comments
Photo: Ron Hunt
Item #: 19697
Before the advent of streptomycin, the cure for TB was fresh air. My dad was in Delamere hospital for 3 months after he left the pit and the patients there were subjected to the fresh air treatment.
There was also veranda wards at RAEI Lower Johnson, Whelley and Astley Hospitals, like you say Ron it must have been parky.
My Uncle Billy was in here in the early sixties.
My Mother went into Wrightington on her return from India in about 1945/6, she had contracted TB. I have a pic of my Granny Bryson visiting her there, will post it.
I remember being in ward 7 at wrightington in 1966/67 I had fluid on my lungs and had to have them drained 3 times, not a very nice experience.
i go to this hospital regular, its more rheumatology now, i have rheaumatoid arthritis and was only there last week for injection and x rays ive been going for 13 years and sometimes staying in for week or two and i must say its a wonderful place , people come from all over the country for treatment.when i was on ward 7 once you could go outside , i got a tan that week and even went to the car boot sale with a friend in our pajarmas and got back in time for our sunday roast,it was home from home !!!
I trained at Wrightington in the early 60 s ,wonderful memories
Let me tell you a strange story,late 60s/early 70s I used to mate around with a a great lad from Ashton,to cut a long story short he developed T.B and ended up in Wrightington hospital,after a long period of time he was cured and came out,of course as we grew up he went his way and I went mine.Then I went for a job at a big Merseyside hospital they gave me what they call a eef test,the test indicated that I had T. B however a top doctor from Liverpool university stated that I did contract T .B but my immune system had turned it around to an antibody how weird is that.
I went into Wrightington on 15 Dec 1954 and came out in Dec 1957. Treated for TB, strapped to a frame for 10 months with injections etc, and when it was realised that I hadn't had TB but had Rh arthritis had both hips implanted with metal cups. I was in the cubicles on Ward B all the time and have a few photos of same.
It was cold at night in Winter but that was supposed to be good for one!