Selly Oak Hospital abandoned Mortuary and Pathology Labs

Selly Oak Abandoned Mortuary and Pathology Lab

Selly Oak Hospital started out as a Workhouse for the poor and developed over time. The mortuary, operating theatres and wards were added as part of expansion.

Visited November 2014 Selly Oak, Birmingham, UK Disused

History of the abandoned Selly Oak Hospital

Like many of the older hospitals in the UK, Selly Oak Hospital started out its life as a Union Workhouse for the poor. The Workhouse at Selly Oak was built in 1872 to replace five smaller hospitals around the area and could house 200 pauper inmates.

A separate infirmary was built in 1897 which could accommodate around 250 patients. At this time there were no operating theatres or a morgue. The internal walls were not plastered which was commonplace in Workhouses as painted brick was considered adequate for paupers. The workhouse and infirmary were separated by a high dividing wall and were run as two separate establishments.

The hospital was expanded gradually between 1911-1929 with the addition of operating theatres and surgical wards. The mortuary and pathology laboratories were added in 1934. The hospital was incorporated into the NHS in 1948 and ongoing improvements and additions were made until the site was closed in 2012.

Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Slab with stick for measuring bodies
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Slab with stick for measuring bodies

The Morgue and Body Storage Fridges

Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Body Scoop used for lifting bodies
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Body Scoop used for lifting bodies
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Body Scoop
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Body Scoop
 
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Scoop and Slab
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Scoop & Slab

The body scoop had been removed when I revisited a few months later.

Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Body Measure
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Body Measure
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Metal Slab
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Metal Slab
 
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Measuring Stick
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Measuring Stick
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Morgue with three metal slabs
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Morgue with three metal slabs
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Side view of slab
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Side view
 
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Tap detail
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Tap detail
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Metal surface of examination table
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Metal surface of examination table
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Body storage fridges
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Body storage fridges
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Body fridge detail
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Body fridge detail
 
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Open body fridge
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Open body fridge

Pathology Labs

Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Peeling paint in the Pathology Lab
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Peeling paint in the Pathology Lab
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Path Lab
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Path Lab
 
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Laboratory
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Laboratory
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Room with fume cupboard
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Room with fume cupboard
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Lab room
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Lab room
 
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Extraction
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Extraction
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Old style wooden cabinets
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Old style wooden cabinets

Chapel of Rest

Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Into the chapel
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Into the chapel
 
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - Chapel of Rest
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – Chapel of Rest
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary - The mortuaries chapel of rest
Selly Oak Hospital Mortuary – The mortuaries chapel of rest

Further Reading
If you liked this report please also head over to Proj3ct M4yh3m’s website to check out his Selly Oak Morgue Report.

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