Winchcombe VA hospital

Winchcombe's VAD hospital was on a split site, with beds provided in an old infant school belonging to Mr Dent-Brocklehurst of Sudeley Castle, and in the Conservative Working Men's Club, which still serves as an important social venue in the town today. Gloucestershire Red Cross Hospitals 1914-1919
WINCHCOMBE V.A. HOSPITAL
GLOS. 6


final report from The Red Cross in Gloucestershire 1914-19
 

Date of opening—May 16th 1915

No. of beds

Admissions since opening to March 26th 1919

Deaths


Average number of resident patients daily

Average number of days each patient was resident

 

45

809

3

1915
27.64

51

 

 

 

 

1916
33.63

48

 

 

 

 

1917
36.30

51

 

 

 

 

1918
32.4

45

OFFICERS

Commandant: Miss E. Wedgwood

Medical Officer: Dr J. Halliwell

Lady Superintendent: Miss E. Booth

Quartermasters: Miss Deans, Mr J. Wellington

Hon. Secretary: Rev. W. F. Eliot

NOTE BY THE COMMANDANT

The V.A. Hospital, Winchcombe, opned in 1915 with 45 patients. We received our patients straight from France. The hospital was in two buildings a few hundred yards apart — The Unionist Workmen's Club and the old Infant Schoolroom — rendered suitable for the purpose by Mr Dent-Brocklehurst's generosity. The Medical Officer, Mr Halliwell, kindly placed his X-ray room and his garden at our service. Mrs Halliwell started the catering so excellently that when disabled by ill-health her understudy, Miss Deans, proved herself equally efficient as quartermaster. Mr Wellington, pack storekeeper and quartermaster, placed his own car at our disposal. Mrs Bird, linen keeper, organised a weekly whist drive. The nursing staff consisted of two trained nurses and seven V.A.D.s, for whom I hired a house close by as a hostel. The V.A.D. nurses were employed either permanently or every other fortnight for 14 days on end. The Vicar, the Wesleyan Minister and the Congregational Minister gave us in turn every Sunday a half-hour service in the evening. Mrs Frank Adlard arranged a weekly concert. Mr Dent-Brocklehurst gave a recreation room, and we built a small operating theatre and started a successful laundry; the average weekly amount washed being 600 articles.

 

Gloucestershire Red Cross Hospitals 1914-1919