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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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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Walking Works!

In National Walking Month, I’m reminded that the benefits of walking have been known for a long time. Graded walking and exercise was part of the treatment regime for our TB patients at Benenden from 1907. We have photographs in the archive of our patients ‘walking the loop’. Now it’s our staff that enjoy the exercise in their lunch breaks.