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I am looking for information about the old Royal Infirmary, I know that there are some general threads but they do not tell me what I need to know.

 

I need to know if anyone remembers the Miners Welfare Block at the hospital and whether it went by any other name. I believe that it was named after my great great grandfather.

 

I am not going to name him here because it may influence the information or memories of people reading this. However, I would be very grateful for any information any one can give. I have no memory of the hospital as I was raised outside of sheffield but another of my relatives was a nurse there.

 

Also, does any one know of any good websites etc which may help me find out some more information about the layout and history of the hospital ?

 

Thank you in advance.

Try enquiring at the local studies library at the central library or pose your question on Sheffield Indexers site or Sheffield Records on Line site, or Sheffield and District Family History site.

Edited by Ms Macbeth
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I worked on this ENT ward during my training- would have been 1976- have some great stories about patients sending out for fish and chips during visiting times and once mistaking the consultant for a porter!

I loved the Infirmary too- happy days!

 

I worked there in 1976 - it was a very dirty hospital - it wouldn't be allowed these days.

Edited by Daven

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We lived directly across the road from the infirmary. My grandad who was a porter got a letter of recommendation for volunteering to do something above and beyond his duties during an air raid but cant remember what it was.

I was five years old when I got ten stitches in my wrist at that hospital for being enterprising enought to put my hand through a plate glass window

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Hi. I also trainned at the Royal Hospital 1973 - 1975. Loved it - but hard work! Lots of happy memories.

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My late mother trained at the Royal Infirmary as a State Registered Nurse qualifying in 1927. She worked in the early days of the radiography department and I remember her telling me that a speciality of the hospital was the removal of metallic debris (accidents from grinding operations in the steelworks) from patients eyes by using a very powerful electromagnet. She also used to assist

in the operating theatre. The sister in charge was a Miss Smeaton, and I have a photograph of both of them in the theatre which had a marble panelled wall.

The nurses had to entertain the patients at Christmas and put on various entertainments which took place in the Outpatients Hall.

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My Dad was an electrician at the Infirmary in the 70s until it's closure in '80, & manager of the football team 79-80! Sadly he had now passed, so I can't ask him more about it, but I seem to remember he prefered the Infirmary to the much bigger Northern General :)

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When my late Mother was in The Royal Infirmary during the late 1940's, my Dad used to take me to see her. I am sure there was a building there which had the following inscription over the main door - 'Abandon hope all ye who enter here'. Am I right or wrong please?

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Outside one the hospitals, I think on West St, were,nt there wooden cobbles on the road originally to lessen the noise from the wheels of passing traffic ?

 

The hospital on West Street was the Royal and your second question deserves a good answer.

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When my late Mother was in The Royal Infirmary during the late 1940's, my Dad used to take me to see her. I am sure there was a building there which had the following inscription over the main door - 'Abandon hope all ye who enter here'. Am I right or wrong please?

 

If that was the correct inscription coming into an hospital it seems all wrong doesn't it? One enters such a facility with all the hope in the world that their going to correct what ails you and you are going to feel better for it. fleetwood

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Was West St a former workhouse; Dante's 'Abandon Hope..' phrase has an association with those institutions? Perhaps to deter people :( I don't think it'd be chosen for a Hospital tho'!

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Perhaps you are right. I am most likely getting mixed up, as it was probably some other building. It was such a long time ago and I was only five.

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