Abandoned Selly Oak Hospital, UK

Starting out as a Union Workhouse, Selly Oak hospital was expanded over the years. The hospital closed in 2012 and services were relocated to a new purpose built hospital nearby.

Selly Oak Abandoned Hospital
 

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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.

Our Visit
Our aim was to re-visit the mortuary at Selly Oak, but Spider Monkey and I discovered security had massively upped their game since our last visit. A watchman was stationed at every gate so we changed our route in, only to discover another guard sat in his car right outside the morgue entry point. We had to change our plans so decided to visit the main hospital buildings instead. I was pleasantly surprised with what remained. The wards were relatively clean with a hint of decay starting to set in. This turned out to be a very enjoyable visit.
Selly Oak Hospital - A hoist left behind on a ward

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Selly Oak Hospital – A hoist left behind on a ward

Selly Oak Hospital - An empty ward

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Selly Oak Hospital – An empty ward

Selly Oak Hospital - Ward space

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Selly Oak Hospital – Ward space

Selly Oak Hospital - A few left over items in a corridor

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Selly Oak Hospital – A few left over items in a corridor

Selly Oak Hospital - Bathroom

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Selly Oak Hospital – Bathroom

Selly Oak Hospital - Partitions

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Selly Oak Hospital – Partitions

Selly Oak Hospital - Operating lights in a clinical room

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Selly Oak Hospital – Operating lights in a clinical room

Selly Oak Hospital - Clinical room

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Selly Oak Hospital – Clinical room

Selly Oak Hospital - Reception area

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Selly Oak Hospital – Reception area

Selly Oak Hospital - Window seat

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Selly Oak Hospital – Window seat

Selly Oak Hospital - Reception area for a ward

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Selly Oak Hospital – Reception area for a ward

elly Oak Hospital - Main hospital building front entrance

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elly Oak Hospital – Main hospital building front entrance

Selly Oak Hospital - Entrance corridor

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Selly Oak Hospital – Entrance corridor

Selly Oak Hospital - Main corridor

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Selly Oak Hospital – Main corridor

Selly Oak Hospital - Looking down the main corridor

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Selly Oak Hospital – Looking down the main corridor

Selly Oak Hospital - The Gallery

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Selly Oak Hospital – The Gallery

Selly Oak Hospital - Kitchen

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Selly Oak Hospital – Kitchen

Selly Oak Hospital - "The Gallery" restaurant

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Selly Oak Hospital – “The Gallery” restaurant

Selly Oak Hospital - Hoists and curtains

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Selly Oak Hospital – Hoists and curtains

Selly Oak Hospital - Another large ward

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Selly Oak Hospital – Another large ward

Selly Oak Hospital - Examination bed

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Selly Oak Hospital – Examination bed

Selly Oak Hospital - Very clean room

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Selly Oak Hospital – Very clean room

Selly Oak Hospital - Curtain in a room

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Selly Oak Hospital – Curtain in a room

Selly Oak Hospital - Chairs in a day room

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Selly Oak Hospital – Chairs in a day room

Selly Oak Hospital - Curved reception desk

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Selly Oak Hospital – Curved reception desk

Selly Oak Hospital - Ward walls

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Selly Oak Hospital – Ward walls

Selly Oak Hospital - Wheelchair at lift

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Selly Oak Hospital – Wheelchair at lift

Selly Oak Hospital - NHS Cup

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Selly Oak Hospital – NHS Cup

Selly Oak Hospital - Syringe and scalpel

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Selly Oak Hospital – Syringe and scalpel

Selly Oak Hospital - Top of stairs

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Selly Oak Hospital – Top of stairs

Selly Oak Hospital - Items in cupboard

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Selly Oak Hospital – Items in cupboard

Selly Oak Hospital - Wave!

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Selly Oak Hospital – Wave!

Selly Oak Hospital - Bed in a ward room

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Selly Oak Hospital – Bed in a ward room

Selly Oak Hospital - Ward room and reception

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Selly Oak Hospital – Ward room and reception

Selly Oak Hospital - Partitioned ward

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Selly Oak Hospital – Partitioned ward

Selly Oak Hospital - Ward reception

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Selly Oak Hospital – Ward reception

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