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This is the Occupational team in early 1950's
This is Theresa Girvan (Third from left in middle row) with work colleagues from the Occupational Health Department.
Occupational therapy included indoor and outdoor activities. Dance and entertainment with some educational sittings such as discussions was also part of the programme. Photo taken early 1950's and supplied by Theresa's daughter, Mrs Angela Hallam.


Theresa Girven, in dark clothes
Theresa Girven (Middle of picture in dark clothes) worked at the Occupational Health Department for approx. 10 years.
Photo taken early 1950's and supplied by her daughter, Mrs Angela Hallam.


Theresa Girven on the grounds of the hospital
Theresa Girven (Left) on the grounds of the hospital, probably during outdoor activities for the patients.
Photo taken early 1950's and supplied by her daughter, Mrs Angela Hallam.



Joan Worne, on the right
This is Joan Worne (nee Booth) (right) on the grounds of the hospital near the bungalow.
Joan worked at Middlewood Hospital between 1957 to 1962 approx. The Photo was supplied by Joan which was taken in 1958 and
shows nurse Starmore, the wife of the catering manager of the Hospital at the time. Joan have indicated that the photograph
was probably taken on a Sunday and she was 23 years old.

My Recollections of Middlewood Hospital 1957-1962 approx.
By Joan Worne (nee Booth) May 2009.

“50 years ago I was employed at Middlewood as a nursing auxiliary. I was issued with 3 green uniforms, a set of keys and a laundry number 243. My hours of duty were 6am – 2pm and 2pm – 10pm alternate weeks. I first gained experience helping with the day to day routine of the patients. I remember the overcrowded dormitories with very little space between the beds. Each bed had to be made up with the openings on the pillowcases away from the doors. The top blankets were neatly turned down approximately 18 inches and all the caster wheels had to face the same way.

At night the patients removed their everyday clothing and it was re-made up into a ‘Bundle’ for the following day. Having little possessions of their own, what they were issued with must have been important. Rows and fights were a common practice if 'Items’ went missing. Each ward had a day room/breakfast room after which, work duties would be performed by the more able patients. However, most were in their own little world and difficult to motivate. Certain days of the week were allocated to treatment, mainly electro convulsive therapy which would calm aggression or violence.

I later became a student nurse and studied hard to become a registered mental nurse (R.M.N.). Nursing School was really enjoyable and the work had added interest within the outside community i.e. district nursing. Remand homes, Law courts etc. mostly as part of a psychology course.

I had some really happy times at Middlewood, also some scary ones. I actually met a Ghost during my time working on the Bungalow (A sick ward with side rooms for contagious patients). Just before visiting time I saw a woman come into the ward and walked into one of the empty side rooms. The outer door had not yet been unlocked so visitors were still outside. I proceeded to see why she had entered the building. I reached the side room — and it was empty!

Most of the hospital is gone now. I have walked around the area of the new housing and it is difficult to find ones bearings. Some of the old paths exist and have steps leading down towards the main buildings. The ‘Key Lodge’ at the Middlewood Road entrance is still there and also the remains of the church.

I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. Although most will no longer be with us. My best friend was Sheila Hocks — I think she emigrated to Australia. Other names that I remember, Sister Walker (Audrey), Sister Martingdale, Sister Renshaw, Nurses Starmore, Rushby Bindloss Kirkyshaw. Sister Judy Tesh. Tutor William Shuck. My best nursing school memory was when someone activated the foam fire extinguisher and we were all waist high in foam. Happy days”    Joan Worne (nee Booth) May 2009

The following documents were part of Joan's nursing course at the hospital

Intermediate Mental Examination card
This is Joan's intermediate mental examination attendance card dated 16th February 1962.
The card clearly indicates to all candidates to bring your own pen.


Notice to candidates
This is the back of the examination attendance card giving four clear rules to candidates during the exam. It warns
them of the consequences if they fail to comply.


This is Joan Worne's Book of achievement during her training at Middlewood Hospital
This is the evaluation book issued to cadet nurses at the time. This is Joan's book which kept her record of achievement
and also confirmed her entry to the nursing course.


Tasks to be performed during training
The evaluation booklet contains several pages listing tasks to be taught by the Sister or Charge Nurse. A 'X' signify that a student nurse has been instructed. The card indicates that there are three types of patients needing different levels of care. They are patients from the admission ward, geriatric and infirm, and patients from the disturbed wards. Nursing tasks ranged from bathing patients in the bathroom to psychological methods of treatment such as persuasion and reassurance.


Notes about educational visits
During training it was felt that knowledge from other areas of our social life was essential, and so visits to outside places such as a Remand Centre or visiting patients at home would give greater scope of knowledge to student nurses.



This is Joan Worne's mother
This is Joan's Mother who worked as a cook in the hospital between 1969-70 approx.
Her pattern of work included regular early morning shifts. The clock on the wall indicates 06:20 AM.
Photo supplied by Joan Worne.


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