Royal Naval Hospital Haslar, Gosport, UK

Royal Naval Hospital Haslar aka Serenity Hospital

The Royal Hospital Haslar was the largest hospital in England. It had a long and distinguished history serving military personnel, and later civilians. The site closed in 2009.

Visited July 2013 - September 2014  UK Gosport, UK Abandoned

History of the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar

For over 250 years the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar in Gosport provided medical services to the Royal Navy. The hospital had a long and distinguished service, and more recently provided treatment for all three military services and to civilians.

Planning for the hospital commenced in 1745 to be the first of three hospitals providing medical treatment to Sailors of the Fleet. Building of the hospital took 16 years and was completed in 1762, however the fourth side was not completed due to over-expenditure. When it opened, Haslar Hospital was the largest hospital, and the largest brick building in England.

Royal Hospital Haslar - Front elevation and plan
Royal Hospital Haslar – Front elevation and plan
Royal Haslar Hospital - External view of the main building
Royal Haslar Hospital – External view of the main building

As Haslar developed it didn’t take long until it started to resemble a prison more than a hospital. It was not uncommon for sailors to feign illness in order to be brought back to land from where they could escape. Extensive security measures were put in place and Haslar became known as an impenetrable fortress. The distinctive brick wall surrounding the site remains to this day, and was there to keep the sailors inside!

Development and expansion over the years ensured Haslar could stay at the forefront of care, and was always held in high regard. The many wars through the 20th century saw Haslar grow in terms of professionalism and technical ability while treating many casualties.

In 1966 Haslar became the core of the Tri-Services hospitals. The hospital was opened up to use by the NHS in later years, after military services were transferred to other hospitals. The site was closed and sold to developers in 2009.

Further History

A full history of Royal Hospital Haslar has been put together by the Haslar Heritage Group and can be found on their website.

Royal Haslar Hospital - Ward full of beds
Royal Haslar Hospital – Ward full of beds
The ward was used as a set for filming of the popular TV medical drama Holby City
Royal Haslar Hospital - Ward Beds
Royal Haslar Hospital – Ward Beds
 
Royal Haslar Hospital - Bed detail
Royal Haslar Hospital – Bed detail
Royal Haslar Hospital - A row of beds in a hospital ward
Royal Haslar Hospital – A row of beds in a hospital ward
Royal Haslar Hospital - Hospital ward
Royal Haslar Hospital – Hospital ward
Royal Haslar Hospital - Large staircase
Royal Haslar Hospital – Large staircase
Royal Haslar Hospital - An empty ward
Royal Haslar Hospital – An empty ward
 
Royal Haslar Hospital - Empty room
Royal Haslar Hospital – Empty room
Royal Haslar Hospital - Saline drip bag
Royal Haslar Hospital – Saline drip bag
Royal Haslar Hospital - Waiting area
Royal Haslar Hospital – Waiting area
Royal Haslar Hospital - Temporary waiting room set up in an old ward
Royal Haslar Hospital – Temporary waiting room set up in an old ward
The ward in 1905The ward in 1960These pictures from 1905 and 1960 show the same ward as the image above, while the hospital was in use. Note the curtains for patient privacy were only added in 1960.

Royal Haslar Hospital - Decaying ward
Royal Haslar Hospital – Decaying ward
 
Royal Haslar Hospital - Seats in a ward
Royal Haslar Hospital – Seats in a ward
Royal Haslar Hospital - Lights in an operating theatre
Royal Haslar Hospital – Lights in an operating theatre
Royal Haslar Hospital - Plastic bone and book about medical procedures
Royal Haslar Hospital – Plastic bone and book about medical procedures
Original operating theatre at HaslarAdmirals Walk and the pavilion above main arcadeThe original operating theatre was situated above the main arcade. The first image shows the inside of the pavilion which can be seen in second image. The pavilion was removed after the First World War.

Royal Haslar Hospital - Children's ward
Royal Haslar Hospital – Children’s ward
 
Royal Haslar Hospital - Mural showing the Haslar Peninsula
Royal Haslar Hospital – Mural showing the Haslar Peninsula
Royal Haslar Hospital - Huge spiral staircase
Royal Haslar Hospital – Huge spiral staircase
Royal Haslar Hospital - Looking up the spiral
Royal Haslar Hospital – Looking up the spiral
Royal Haslar Hospital - Looking down the spiral
Royal Haslar Hospital – Looking down the spiral
 
Royal Haslar Hospital - Spiral staircase viewed from the bottom
Royal Haslar Hospital – Spiral staircase viewed from the bottom
Royal Haslar Hospital - Corridor in the Crosslink which was a later addition
Royal Haslar Hospital – Corridor in the Crosslink which was a later addition
Royal Haslar Hospital - Emblem in entrance
Royal Haslar Hospital – Emblem in entrance
 
Royal Haslar Hospital - CT Scanner
Royal Haslar Hospital – CT Scanner
Royal Haslar Hospital - Masses of equipment left behind
Royal Haslar Hospital – Masses of equipment left behind
Royal Haslar Hospital - Control booth
Royal Haslar Hospital – Control booth
 
Royal Haslar Hospital - X-Ray Machine
Royal Haslar Hospital – X-Ray Machine
Royal Haslar Hospital - Fluoroscopic X-Ray Machine
Royal Haslar Hospital – Fluoroscopic X-Ray Machine
Royal Haslar Hospital - Small X-Ray Machine
Royal Haslar Hospital – Small X-Ray Machine
 
Royal Haslar Hospital - MRI Scanner
Royal Haslar Hospital – MRI Scanner
Royal Haslar Hospital - MRI Scanner and computer equipment
Royal Haslar Hospital – MRI Scanner and computer equipment
Royal Haslar Hospital - The arcade
Royal Haslar Hospital – The arcade
Royal Haslar Hospital - Arcade entrance
Royal Haslar Hospital – Arcade entrance
 
Royal Haslar Hospital - Tramway in arcade
Royal Haslar Hospital – Tramway in arcade
Royal Haslar Hospital - The Main Arcade was the original entrance
Royal Haslar Hospital – The Main Arcade was the original entrance
Tram being pushed into HaslarTramway through Haslar main entranceThe tramway connected Haslar Jetty to the hospital so sick or injured sailors could be transferred easily from ships. Sick Berth staff would push the tram by hand into the hospitals arcade.

Royal Haslar Hospital - Columns and arches
Royal Haslar Hospital – Columns and arches
Royal Haslar Hospital - The gymnasium
Royal Haslar Hospital – The gymnasium
 
Royal Haslar Hospital - Lecture theatre
Royal Haslar Hospital – Lecture theatre
Royal Haslar Hospital - Dental surgery
Royal Haslar Hospital – Dental surgery
Royal Haslar Hospital - Waiting area
Royal Haslar Hospital – Waiting area
Royal Haslar Hospital - Hydrotherapy Pool
Royal Haslar Hospital – Hydrotherapy Pool
 
Royal Haslar Hospital - Hydrotherapy Pool
Royal Haslar Hospital – Hydrotherapy Pool
Royal Haslar Hospital - Items in the lab
Royal Haslar Hospital – Items in the lab
 
Royal Haslar Hospital - Laboratory
Royal Haslar Hospital – Laboratory
Royal Haslar Hospital - Centrifuge
Royal Haslar Hospital – Centrifuge
Royal Haslar Hospital - Chair behind frayed curtains
Royal Haslar Hospital – Chair behind frayed curtains
Royal Haslar Hospital - Staircase in the newer extension
Royal Haslar Hospital – Staircase in the newer extension
Royal Haslar Hospital - Stairs from top
Royal Haslar Hospital – Stairs from top
 
Royal Haslar Hospital - Wheelchair
Royal Haslar Hospital – Wheelchair
Royal Haslar Hospital - Chair in large empty room
Royal Haslar Hospital – Chair in large empty room
Royal Haslar Hospital - Pool table
Royal Haslar Hospital – Pool table
 
Royal Haslar Hospital - Cafe area
Royal Haslar Hospital – Cafe area
Royal Haslar Hospital - Canada Block external
Royal Haslar Hospital – Canada Block external
Royal Haslar Hospital - G-Block External
Royal Haslar Hospital – G-Block External
Haslar Padded Cell - Pocock Brothers Padded Cell
Haslar Padded Cell – Pocock Brothers Padded Cell
Padded CellMore about the Padded Cell

G-Block was the hospital’s psychiatric ward and features an original Pocock Brothers padded cell. I have written a separate report about the padded cell.

Further Feading
If you liked this report please also check out Proj3ct M4yh3ms Haslar Hospital report on his website.
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