Outstanding care for 110 years

How things have changed! A selection of photographs showing how areas of Benenden Hospital have changed over the last 110 years but still providing outstanding care quality.

The main entrance and reception in 1907 and now, 110 years later, part of our new atrium entrance.

A patient room in the 1950s, with two patients sharing accommodation and now, following our recent redevelopment, a spacious single room with a beautiful view of the Kent countryside.

The first theatre built in 1955 and one of our state of the art theatres opened in May 2017.

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Nursing in the 1920s

Miss Evelyn Witherden was a student nurse at East Sussex Hospital, Hastings in the early 1920s. Matron’s lecture, was recorded in her note book and reminds her that a nurse should ‘never give an opinion, it is untrained to give an opinion unless asked’. I’m glad a nurses opinion is valued today.

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Evelyn’s note books also contained a copy of all her exam questions. Third Preliminary Examination in 1923 is pictured below.

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Princess Helena

On 14 July 1906, Princess Helena of Great Britain came to the Sanatorium at Benenden for a formal ceremony to lay the Foundation Stone. The fifth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and a champion for better healthcare, Princess Helena supported many great causes including a role as President of the British Nurses’ Association.

The Princess was an active participant at several meetings as the Society developed and 110 years later we remember Helena as the foundation stone is repositioned in our new hospital.

 

Memories of William

William Charlton was the first postman and member of our mutual organisation to be admitted to the Sanatorium at Benenden. William arrived on 11 March 1907 having been unable to work as a rural postman for 5 months.

Age 20 years and unmarried, he contracted TB and travelled from his home in Newcastle Upon Tyne to Benenden for treatment.

Unfortunately, William was the first patient to die at the Sanatorium on 3 April 1907.

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Benenden’s Inaugral Conference (1906)

It was good to remember our long and rich history of providing healthcare to our members and other patients. Charles Garland developed our mutual organisation over 110 years ago. During Benenden’s 2017 Conference in Birmingham this week, delegates had the opportunity to see Charles Garland’s handwritten notes from the Society’s Inaugral Conference held in London on 29 September 1906.

The 1st Annual Conference followed one year later on 28 September 1907. This event was held in the Memorial Hall, Farringdon, London.

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