Cleve Hill VA hospital

Downend

Not to be confused with Cleeve Hill just outside Cheltenham, Cleve Hill was a large private house near Fishponds to the east of Bristol, built in the early 1700s. It has since been demolished. Gloucestershire Red Cross Hospitals 1914-1919
Cleve Hill VA hospital, Downend
CLEVE HILL V.A. HOSPITAL
GLOS. 74. 22. 98.


final report from The Red Cross in Gloucestershire 1914-19
 

Date of opening—October 27th 1914

No. of beds

Admissions since opening to February 28th 1919

Deaths


Average number of resident patients daily

Average number of days each patient was resident

 

100

1343

2

1915
50.6

66

 

 

 

 

1916
61.37

60

 

 

 

 

1917
65.43

59

 

 

 

 

1918
62.1

61

OFFICERS

Commandant: Mrs Cave, O.B.E.

Assistant Commandant: Mrs Tanner

Medical Officers: Dr F. W. Crossman, Dr M. Barber

Lady Superintendent: Miss Clarke

Quartermaster: Mr C. H. Cave

Lent for the period of the War by Sir Charles Cave.

NOTE BY THE COMMANDANT

Cleve Hill made an ideal place for a Hospital, standing high in its own grounds, and the house, though an old one and as described by an inspecting General "with tricky stairs", adapted itself well for use as a hospital. Being near Bristol, the men did not find it dull, and were able to go easily to the various entertainments organised by the Inquiry Bureau, and a weekly visit to the Hippodrome by those patients who were well enough was much appreciated.

The men looked upon the hospital as a second home. The staff worked well and harmoniously together, and during the 4 and a half years the hospital was open very few changes took place.

Ward at Cleve Hill VA hospital, 1915
A ward at Cleve Hill VA hospital, photographed in 1915.
Gloucestershire Red Cross Hospitals 1914-1919