History

Ancoats Hospital in 1957.

The Ancoats Hospital was a large inner-city hospital, located in Ancoats, to the north of Manchester, England, city centre. The hospital was built in 1873 to serve the densely-populated districts of north and east Manchester.

The hospital had five wards: Brackenbury was the children’s ward, where the patients were mainly in for minor operations such as removal of tonsils and adenoids. More serious childhood problems were treated at Booth Hall Children’s hospital in Blackley. Gaddum and Johnson wards were a pair of surgical wards; men on one ward and women on the other. There were also two orthopaedic wards, called Thompson and Armitage.

In addition to the operating theatre, dispensary and outpatients, Ancoats hospital had one of the busiest casualty departments in Manchester, despite the small size of the hospital – this was due to its proximity to the city centre and the high population of the terraced streets around which served the many mills that drove the Industrial Revolution.

Located between Old Mill Street and the Ashton Canal, the history remaining Dispensary building, which is grade II listed, remains under the threat of demolition in 2012.

2 Responses to History

  1. Anne Maldonado says:

    When I was training in the early sixties, Thomson and Armitage were medical wards. Above them were Ogden and Cawley which were orthopedic. The Operating Theatre was in this block, too. It was known as the New Block and had been opened in the 1920s.
    The old block contained Gaddum and Johnson, which was general surgery and Jardine and Rothwell, which was ENT and surgical and Brackenbury. Seriously I’ll and injured children were treated there, too. I remember a little girl who was playing on a bomb site and a wall collapsed on her. Other children had serious head injuries.
    There were a lot of offices in the old block as well and of course, the famous Casualty and Outpatients Department, which everybody knows about.
    Keep up the good work SaveAncoatsdispensary, and thank you for your efforts.
    Anne Maldonado.

    • historyme says:

      Hi Anne. Very nice to hear from you and thank you kindly for all the information. The names are all very familiar and were very influential and powerful people in Manchester. There is a public event on the 28th February at Halle St Peters (St Peters Church). It will be a chance for everyone to find out more about the campaign and see what the plans are to save the Dispensary.

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