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Cookridge Convalescent Hospital, postcard (Cookridge) (6 comments)
Black & White imagec1940. Postcard with a 1940 postmark showing Cookridge Convalescent Hospital on Hospital Lane. Built in a Gothic vernacular style, it opened in 1869 to provide a place for patients treated at Leeds General Infirmary to continue their recovery. John Metcalfe Smith of Beckett's Bank donated a large sum towards the £10,000 cost and the remote rural area of Cookridge was chosen as an ideal location for recuperation. During the First World War it was requisitioned to care for wounded servicemen and assumed a similar role during World War Two. From 1952 Cookridge specialised in the treatment of cancer but closed in January 2008 to be replaced by a new £220 million cancer centre at the Bexley Wing of St. James's Hospital.
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Cookridge Hospital, Matron, Miss Elsie Jackson outside the laboratory and Dual-purpose Radiocobalt Unit (Cookridge) (2 comments)
Colour image1958. Image shows Matron, Miss Elsie Jackson, standing outside the recently built laboratory for radiation chemistry and Dual-purpose Radiocobalt unit. The 'High Energy Radiation Centre', providing new ways forward in the treatment of patients with tumours, was opened by Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, on the 15th May, 1956. The princess was accompanied on her tour of inspection by the Matron, Miss Jackson. The specialist unit came about with input from the Yorkshire Council of the British Empire Cancer Campaign, the Board of Governors of the General Infirmary, the Rockerfeller Foundation and the University of Leeds. The heavily shielded rooms were designed by the Regional Board Architect, Mr Nash, with the advice and expertise of radiotherapists, physicists and radiation chemists. The Dual-purpose Radiocobalt unit was planned and constructed in careful stages. John Alcock, managing director of the Hunslet Engine Company, took on the challenging task of designing the treatment cylinder and holder for the radiocobalt, following the fundamental principles outlined by Professor William Spiers (1907-1993). Mr F. Clarke designed the control panel and the half-shield was built in the medical physics workshops at Cookridge Hospital to designs by Mr T. Ashton. The holder was sent to the Chalk River atomic energy plant in Ontario, Canada,to be filled with radiocobalt. It was shipped back in the May of 1955 and the unit was ready to begin treatments the following year.
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Cookridge Hospital, Matron, Miss Elsie Jackson photographed on her last working day (Cookridge)
Black & White imageJune, 1959. Image shows the Matron at Cookridge Hospital, Miss Elsie Jackson, photographed by a patient on her last working day. Her official retirement date was the 16th January, 1960, but she was given compassionate leave to nurse her sick father, to commence in the June of 1959. In 1942 Leeds Corporation acquired the hospital and grounds and, from the September of 1942 until the June of 1943, the Leeds Health Committee had spent a substantial sum in adapting and improving the accommodation for the long term care of chronically ill, elderly patients. Miss Elsie Jackson had been appointed Matron towards the end of 1942 to give her time to prepare for the intake of patients the following year. Cookridge Hospital was to become part of the NHS in 1952 and in future years, the northern centre for the National Radiological Protection Board.
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Cookridge Hospitals, Ida and Robert Arthington (Cookridge) (25 comments)
Black & White imageUndated In 1886 John North gifted £6,000 to open a convalescent home in memory of his daughter Ida. Chorley and Connon were the Architects, opened 10th May 1888. Robert Arthington financed a second hospital on adjacent site which opened May 1905, and took his name but was mostly referred to as 'Cookridge'. Ida hospital is the two crescent shaped buildings on the right.
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Studio Portrait of the Matron of Cookridge Hospital, Miss Elsie Jackson (Cookridge)
Black & White imageJuly 1944. Studio portrait of the Matron of Cookridge Hospital at that time, Miss Elsie Jackson. Leeds Corporation acquired the hospital and grounds in September 1942 and made the necessary improvements for the long term care of chronically ill and elderly patients over the following year. Miss Jackson was appointed as Matron towards the end of 1942 and she spent the next few months, until the June of 1943, in preparation for the intake of patients. Pictured here, in July 1944, she wears a uniform which had changed little since it was first designed by a student of Florence Nightingale's, Euphemia Rensselaer, in the 1870s.
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