CMH – Cambridge Military Hospital, Aldershot, UK

CMH Cambridge Military Hospital

Cambridge Military Hospital opened in 1879 to serve the British Army. It was also used by the NHS in later years and closed in 1996.

 UK Aldershot, Hampshire, UK Abandoned

History

Cambridge Military Hospital, or CMH was built to serve the various British Army camps based around Aldershot. The hospital which was built by Messrs Martin Wells and Co. of Aldershot opened in 1879.

The hospital does not have any associations with the town of Cambridge, as its name would suggest. Cambridge Military Hospital was actually named after Prince George, Duke of Cambridge who was the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army at the time. [1]

The hospital is famous for its “mile long corridor”. The corridor probably isn’t quite that long but it certainly does feel it when walking down it. The plan was to have a number of self-contained wards, each for a different regiment, connected to the corridor, but the plans were changed and the hospital opened with each area specialising in a different type of treatment instead.

CMH was the first place in the UK where plastic surgery was performed. Captain Gillies had been on leave in France where he met with the surgeon Hippolyte Morestin and learnt from him while he reconstructed the faces of people who suffered with cancer. Upon his return, Captain Gillies put these skills into practice on people injured in battle. [2]

The British army saw a decline in demand after the second world war, and as a result civilian patients began being admitted to the hospital.  The hospital closed in 1996 due to the high cost of running the old buildings.

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Sink Symmetry
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Sink Symmetry

Louise Margaret Maternity Hospital

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Lights on
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Lights on
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Decaying room with lights on
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Decaying room with lights on
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Mixture of light
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Mixture of light
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Seriously decayed but the lights work
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Seriously decayed but the lights work
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - The infamous bleeding doors
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – The infamous bleeding doors
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Bleeding Door
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Bleeding Door
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Creepy sink
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Creepy sink
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Staircase
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Staircase
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - One of the ward rooms
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – One of the ward rooms
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Another room with lights on
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Another room with lights on
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Kitchen
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Kitchen
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Ward
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Ward
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Curvy room
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Curvy room
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Doors with lights behind
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Doors with lights behind
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Interesting decor
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Interesting decor
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Light closeup
Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Light closeup

Cambridge Military Hospital Main Building

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - A long ward
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – A long ward
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Ward room
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Ward room
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Hoist chair in bathroom
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Hoist chair in bathroom
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - One of the wards
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – One of the wards
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Operating Theatre
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Operating Theatre
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Interesting Room
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Interesting Room
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Arched doorway
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Arched doorway
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Ward with arch at end
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Ward with arch at end
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Main kitchen
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Main kitchen
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Arches in stairwell
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Arches in stairwell
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Double doorway and arched window
Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Double doorway and arched window

The X-Ray Department

View more X-Ray Department pictures on the Frimley Park X-Ray Department at CMH Report

CMH X-Ray Department - Radiology Room
CMH X-Ray Department – Radiology Room
CMH X-Ray Department - Trolley with eyes!
CMH X-Ray Department – Trolley with eyes!
More from the X-Ray Department
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References

1. Source: http://www.qaranc.co.uk/cambridgemilitaryhospital.php
2. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge_Military_Hospital

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