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Beckett Street, Thackray Medical Museum


Beckett Street, Thackray Medical Museum
Description:
Undated. View of the Thackray Medical Museum on Beckett Street. Built in 1858-61 as Leeds Union Workhouse, it later became the Ashley Wing of St. James's Hospital. The museum opened on March 25th 1997, built around the collection of Paul Thackray, from the firm of surgical instrument makers started by Charles F. Thackray.

User Comments:

Name:
john allen

Comment:
back in 1969 agnes stwart school would send kids here to help in the geriatric wards, all i can remember is the smell of carbolic and bleach, put me off any thing to do with hospitals

Date:
24-Jun-2012

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Name:
Mike Horne

Comment:
I can not believe that I was born in a former workhouse in 1954!

Date:
02-Feb-2014

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Name:
graham sadler

Comment:
I had a spell in hospital here for a minor injury in about 1971. Was in I think from sunday to friday.Nowadays I'd be in and out within the hour, assuming I'd lasted the waiting list

Date:
28-Jan-2015

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
Ah! You were fortunate, Graham. The 1970's was a period when government still allowed N.H.S. Hospitals to treat patients as human beings, and not as 'cost units'. Hospital staff had time to care for patients without having to look over their shoulders to make sure that there was no interfering government inspectorate, desperately trying to find ways and excuses to close them down, or curtail some of their operational status, in the name of 'Cost effectiveness'. We are told that this country can't afford to help out. Of course not all the N.H.S. woes can be laid at 'government feet'. There will be many faults due to bad management etc.. However, when it comes to to governments telling us that they can't afford the extra £millions to improve all our Health Services, I think that we all should put all politics aside, and ask the question:- "If we can't afford the few £millions to help them out, how is it that we were able to squander £Billions, I repeat, £Billions per month in Iraq, and Afghanistan? For anyone interested, look up how much it cost the R.A.F. to send one aeroplane on a single mission to bomb a target in Libya.

Date:
24-Mar-2016

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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