Retro: Tracing the roots of the town hospital

The old Victoria Hospital

The old Victoria Hospital

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The Victoria Cottage Hospital, known now as Bassetlaw District General Hospital, was named to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s coronation.

When it first opened to patients on 24th May 1900, it was merely a five-bed hospital staffed by just a house surgeon, two honorary surgeons, a matron and three probationer nurses.

Within a year of opening, it tended to 59 patients and after 30 years, this had increased to 812.

 

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