1987

NT4334 : The former Peel Hospital near Galashiels

taken 36 years ago, near to Caddonfoot, Scottish Borders, Scotland

The former Peel Hospital near Galashiels
The former Peel Hospital near Galashiels
In 1939 Lord Craigmyle handed over Peel House and its grounds on trust to be used as a hospital for service patients. Peel Hospital was built as an emergency medical service hospital and after the war, in 1948 when the NHS came into being, the hospital was used for the treatment of civilian patients. Permission was also granted to set up a training school for nurses. The hospital consisted of the mansion house which acted as a medical and senior nursing staff residency, dining room, kitchen and recreation area, and a number of standard wooden war time huts used as wards and support service areas. In 1973 the hospital had 216 beds. This shot, copied from an Ektachrome 400 slide, shows from the left, the Admin block with the Theatre block and X-Ray department behind, and on the right, Ward 2 with Ward 2 dayroom in the central foreground. The tall chimney is from the steam boiler house. This photograph was taken from the Pharmacy block roof. As a member of the Borders Health Board Estates Department team, I was involved in upgrading works to many of the wards and ancillary buildings between 1978 and 1987. The Peel site was closed in April 1988 and all services transferred to the new Borders General Hospital NT5333 : The Borders General Hospital at Huntlyburn in Melrose. A private housing scheme now occupies the former Peel Hospital site. On 30th March 2008 a commemorative stone was unveiled at the entrance to the former hospital NT4334 : New Stone to the old Peel Hospital.

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NT4334, 73 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Photographer
Walter Baxter   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Friday, 23 October, 1987   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 26 August, 2008
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 4348 3491 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:36.2702N 2:53.9186W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 4350 3490
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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