Lydney VA hospital

Lydney Town Hall, pictured below in 1915, was used in conjunction with the town's Cottage Hospital and other public and private buildings to form the Lydney V.A. hospital. Gloucestershire Red Cross Hospitals 1914-1919
Lydney Town Hall VA hospital
LYDNEY V.A. HOSPITAL
GLOS. 102


final report from The Red Cross in Gloucestershire 1914-19
 

Date of opening—October 28th 1914

No. of beds

Admissions since opening to Feb 28th 1919

Deaths


Average number of resident patients daily

Average number of days each patient was resident

 

236

3048

3

1915
37.43

35

 

 

 

 

1916
107.6

39

 

 

 

 

1917
153.43

50

 

 

 

 

1918
132.79

49

OFFICERS

Commandant: Miss I. R. Backhouse, M.B.E.

Medical Officer: Dr C. N. Thomas, Dr F. W. Monsell, Dr S. Mayne

Lady Superintendent: Miss C. N. Thomas, R.R.C.

Quartermaster: Miss M. V. Kerr

Hon. Treasurer: Capt. Vaughan-Hughes

This hospital, which opened in October 1914 with 45 beds in the Cottage Hospital and Town Hall, was providing in 1918 a total, including emergency beds, of 236 beds. It formed a good example of our policy of adding to existing hospitals rather than opening new ones; thus making the utmost possible use of an efficient staff. The first addition was the taking in of part of the secondary school adjoining the town hall. Then in July 1916 Lord Bledisloe lent Redhill, which provided another 36 beds as a maximum, and in November the County Education Committee gave us the use of the Craft School, which was then just ready for occupation, where 40 beds were accommodated.

All the buildings, though some distance apart, were worked as one hospital with one staff.

Miss Bowles was Commandant until August 1918, when owing to her health giving way she was obliged to resign, and was succeeded by Miss Backhouse.

Gloucestershire Red Cross Hospitals 1914-1919