Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hartwood Hospital 2011



I found this sad and fascinating wee film yesterday on YouTube. I started training to become a psychiatric nurse at Law and Hartwood Hospitals (in Lanarkshire) in the early 1980s. It was a vast institution. I think there were something like 1300 beds when I started working there. Times have changed and they've changed for the better.

I didn't have a long career in psychiatric nurse as such, leaving the field in the late 1980s to pursue a career in social work.

So, this is Hartwood Hospital as it looks today. Odd to think of myself as walking up and down these corridors, working in these wards, when all you can see now is desolation and ruin.

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