Salisbury Healthcare History

Salisbury Healthcare History Archives and historic collections that relate to the hospitals, medicine and healthcare in Salisbury

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As part of #BlackHistoryMonth we are celebrating the cultural diversity of nursing stories in our archives at Salisbury ...
05/10/2021

As part of #BlackHistoryMonth we are celebrating the cultural diversity of nursing stories in our archives at Salisbury District Hospital. Featuring Frances Beru from Ghana who received the Doreen Carpenter Silver Buckle awarded to the Pupil Nurse who has obtained the highest average in both theory and practice throughout two years of nurse training in December 1972, see our stand in Springs Restaurant or read more online https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/overseas-recruitment/

Visit us at #SilverSalisbury event at The Guildhall today until 2pm , we are comparing the modern view with this 1930 ca...
01/10/2021

Visit us at #SilverSalisbury event at The Guildhall today until 2pm , we are comparing the modern view with this 1930 carnival photos from our archives at Salisbury District Hospital

Great Silver Salisbury talk this afternoon in Amesbury, we enjoyed sharing objects from our history collection, includin...
30/09/2021

Great Silver Salisbury talk this afternoon in Amesbury, we enjoyed sharing objects from our history collection, including this restored 1819 drawing of Salisbury Infirmary, read about it https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/conservation-infirmary-drawing/

Great Silver Salisbury talk this afternoon in Amesbury, we enjoyed sharing objects from our history collection, including this restored 1819 drawing of Salisbury Infirmary, read about it https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/conservation-infirmary-drawing/

We'll be at the Salisbury Guildhall this Friday 10am-2pm for Silver Salisbury Day.  Feed your curiosity with artefacts f...
29/09/2021

We'll be at the Salisbury Guildhall this Friday 10am-2pm for Silver Salisbury Day. Feed your curiosity with artefacts from our archives at Salisbury District Hospital and creativity with activities from ArtCare UK Drop in and see us at this free event

We'll be at the Salisbury Guildhall this Friday 10am-2pm for Silver Salisbury Day. Feed your curiosity with artefacts from our archives at Salisbury District Hospital and creativity with activities from ArtCare UK Drop in and see us at this free event

We do like to be beside the seaside!  Read the story of Salisbury Infirmary's Victorian convalescent home where patients...
14/09/2021

We do like to be beside the seaside! Read the story of Salisbury Infirmary's Victorian convalescent home where patients were prescribed sea air. The first stone laid this week in 1865 - our latest blog post https://spark.adobe.com/page/BpHZ3FyMBldYB/

We do like to be beside the seaside! Read the story of Salisbury Infirmary's Victorian convalescent home where patients were prescribed sea air. The first stone laid this week in 1865 - our latest blog post https://spark.adobe.com/page/BpHZ3FyMBldYB/

250 years ago Salisbury General Infirmary September 1771: this fascinating book in our archives at Salisbury District Ho...
09/09/2021

250 years ago Salisbury General Infirmary September 1771: this fascinating book in our archives at Salisbury District Hospital records the early days of the hospital. It describes what conditions they treated and how donations by local parishes could be used to nominate an inpatient for every guinea received. www.salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk

Enjoyed trying out our calligraphy today with Salisbury District Hospital staff workshop, try out your own Florence Nigh...
26/08/2021

Enjoyed trying out our calligraphy today with
Salisbury District Hospital staff workshop, try out your own Florence Nightingale signature or some 18th Century copperplate records with our download sheethttps://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/wp-content/uploads/handwriting.pdf

An interesting look back at the Auditors Accounts for Salisbury Infirmary August 1821, 200 years ago the numbers for the...
11/08/2021

An interesting look back at the Auditors Accounts for Salisbury Infirmary August 1821, 200 years ago the numbers for the year are probably closer to our daily totals for Salisbury District Hospital ?!

We've discovered a gold medalist in our archives at Salisbury District Hospital   Monica Vaughan, who was a staff nurse ...
04/08/2021

We've discovered a gold medalist in our archives at
Salisbury District Hospital Monica Vaughan, who was a staff nurse on the men’s medical ward at Odstock Hospital (now Salisbury District Hospital), was Britain’s most successful Paralympian at the 1976 Games in Toronto - winning five gold medals in swimming and a silver medal as the only woman in the British volleyball team. Newspaper cuttings in our archives described how she received a civic reception in Salisbury on her return in September 1976. She went on to 1980 Paralympic Games in Arhnem, winning a further four gold medals and a silver.

We've discovered a gold medalist in our archives at
Salisbury District Hospital Monica Vaughan, who was a staff nurse on the men’s medical ward at Odstock Hospital (now Salisbury District Hospital), was Britain’s most successful Paralympian at the 1976 Games in Toronto - winning five gold medals in swimming and a silver medal as the only woman in the British volleyball team. Newspaper cuttings in our archives described how she received a civic reception in Salisbury on her return in September 1976. She went on to 1980 Paralympic Games in Arhnem, winning a further four gold medals and a silver.

ArtCare have designed and installed a new set of windows in the corridors leading to the new MRI-2 suite Salisbury Distr...
27/07/2021

ArtCare have designed and installed a new set of windows in the corridors leading to the new MRI-2 suite Salisbury District Hospital. These windows take their inspiration from images in our historical archives at Salisbury District Hospital. Read more at https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/windows-into-history/

In our historic collections Salisbury District Hospital we have this copper printer's plate for nursing certificates giv...
19/07/2021

In our historic collections Salisbury District Hospital we have this copper printer's plate for nursing certificates given out at Salisbury General Infirmary. We also have a poor quality positive print from it. The date is unknown but judging by the assumption nurses would be female it is probably an early 20th Century example. It reads: This is to certify that [blank] has been trained in the wards of the Infirmary for [blank] years and that she has proved herself a good and efficient nurse. www.salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk

For those enjoying Wimbledon something from our archives at Salisbury District Hospital - the grass tennis court at Sali...
01/07/2021

For those enjoying Wimbledon something from our archives at Salisbury District Hospital - the grass tennis court at Salisbury Infirmary 1928, Dr Alexander playing, adjacent to the nurses home, Salisbury Cathedral viewed in the background. https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/

For those enjoying Wimbledon something from our archives at Salisbury District Hospital - the grass tennis court at Salisbury Infirmary 1928, Dr Alexander playing, adjacent to the nurses home, Salisbury Cathedral viewed in the background. https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/

June 1922: photograph in our archives at Salisbury District Hospital show a major hospital fundraising event across the ...
21/06/2021

June 1922: photograph in our archives at Salisbury District Hospital show a major hospital fundraising event across the city for Alexandra Rose Day. It was noted despite bad weather (!) on the day they however raised nearly £600 (probably modern day equivalent of £30k) with 700 ladies taking part and 45,000 roses were sold. Read more https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/alexandra-rose-day/

We've not seen this aerial photograph before, being added to our archives today, taken in the Summer 1969 Salisbury Dist...
09/06/2021

We've not seen this aerial photograph before, being added to our archives today, taken in the Summer 1969 Salisbury District Hospital Pre-dates Salisbury Hospice, Spinal Unit, car parks & SDH North!

We've not seen this aerial photograph before, being added to our archives today, taken in the Summer 1969 Salisbury District Hospital Pre-dates Salisbury Hospice, Spinal Unit, car parks & SDH North!

This Sunday, 6th June, is the anniversary of the D-Day landings during WW2.  We commemorate and remember our hospital or...
04/06/2021

This Sunday, 6th June, is the anniversary of the D-Day landings during WW2. We commemorate and remember our hospital origins with records in the archives of the people who founded this site at Salisbury District Hospital Read more https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/odstocks-beginnings-american-field-hospital/

This Sunday, 6th June, is the anniversary of the D-Day landings during WW2. We commemorate and remember our hospital origins with records in the archives of the people who founded this site at Salisbury District Hospital Read more https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/odstocks-beginnings-american-field-hospital/

If you haven't seen one of our online history lectures we are doing a coffee morning version this Friday 7th June (11am-...
01/06/2021
Free online talk: Introduction to Salisbury Healthcare Historic collections

If you haven't seen one of our online history lectures we are doing a coffee morning version this Friday 7th June (11am-12noon) More information and register at

Lesley Self from ArtCare, the charitable art service at Salisbury District Hospital, introduces the historical archives held at the hospital

Nursing & midwifery history exhibition at the boardroom today Salisbury District Hospital  to commemorate #International...
11/05/2021
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Nursing & midwifery history exhibition at the boardroom today Salisbury District Hospital to commemorate #InternationalNursesDay2021 until 2pm, visit socially distance displays

“Nursing & midwifery history exhibition at the boardroom today @SalisburyNHS to commemorate #InternationalNursesDay2021 until 2pm, visit socially distance displays @MatronsSDH1 @JudyDyos”

Celebrating #InternationalDayoftheMidwife we have lots of photos and stories in our archives Salisbury District Hospital...
05/05/2021
Neonatal care Salisbury Healthcare History

Celebrating #InternationalDayoftheMidwife we have lots of photos and stories in our archives Salisbury District Hospital
Like this recruitment leaflet from the 1960s showing staff midwife instructing a student at Odstock (now Salisbury District Hospital). read more at

Neonatal care Amongst our collection of ephemera is a nurse recruitment leaflet from the 1960s. The black and white photographs by David Robson include the one shown below of a staff midwife instructing a student in the midwifery unit at Odstock (now Salisbury District Hospital). They stand next to....

Newsclipping from the archives Salisbury District Hospital  -#OnThisDay 1894, Salisbury General Infirmary are renewing c...
20/04/2021

Newsclipping from the archives Salisbury District Hospital -#OnThisDay 1894, Salisbury General Infirmary are renewing contracts for supplies of groceries, meat and beer (not more than 1s per gallon!). Anyone know the difference between Best Yellow and Mottled Soap? https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/salisbury-general-infirmary/

Newsclipping from the archives Salisbury District Hospital -#OnThisDay 1894, Salisbury General Infirmary are renewing contracts for supplies of groceries, meat and beer (not more than 1s per gallon!). Anyone know the difference between Best Yellow and Mottled Soap? https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/salisbury-general-infirmary/

Dated April 1897 this document shows a detailed architect's illustration and plans for the new nurses home at Salisbury ...
06/04/2021

Dated April 1897 this document shows a detailed architect's illustration and plans for the new nurses home at Salisbury General Infirmary. You can see the hospital and clock tower in Fisherton Street in the background. Read more https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/victoria-nurses-home/

From the photo archives, Spring 1995, records a new arrival on the rooftops of maternity wards Salisbury District Hospit...
01/04/2021

From the photo archives, Spring 1995, records a new arrival on the rooftops of maternity wards Salisbury District Hospital. A rare visiting pair of White Storks arrived overnight. Newspaper cuttings show that local birdwatcher Joseph King said 'we were worried that the noise from traffic would scare them off but they are not moving' Let us know if you remember this? More stories at https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/

From the photo archives, Spring 1995, records a new arrival on the rooftops of maternity wards Salisbury District Hospital. A rare visiting pair of White Storks arrived overnight. Newspaper cuttings show that local birdwatcher Joseph King said 'we were worried that the noise from traffic would scare them off but they are not moving' Let us know if you remember this? More stories at https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/

It's the 10th anniversary of the children's unit & Sarum Ward funded by Stars Appeal .  Here is great photo recording th...
30/03/2021

It's the 10th anniversary of the children's unit & Sarum Ward funded by Stars Appeal . Here is great photo recording the opening ceremony with the Countess of Wessex visit to Salisbury District Hospital 30th March 2011 https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/themes/celebrations/

It's the 10th anniversary of the children's unit & Sarum Ward funded by Stars Appeal . Here is great photo recording the opening ceremony with the Countess of Wessex visit to Salisbury District Hospital 30th March 2011 https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/themes/celebrations/

It's the 10th anniversary of the opening of Sarum Ward and Children's Unit funded by Stars Appeal - Salisbury District H...
30/03/2021

It's the 10th anniversary of the opening of Sarum Ward and Children's Unit funded by Stars Appeal - Salisbury District Hospital's Charity at Salisbury District Hospital . Some images from the archives of the formal opening by The Countess of Wessex on 30th March 2011. More about celebrations and royal visits at https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/themes/celebrations/

Today is census day, so we looked back at Salisbury General Infirmary on census day 1911 (postcard Attwood Ward 1911).  ...
21/03/2021

Today is census day, so we looked back at Salisbury General Infirmary on census day 1911 (postcard Attwood Ward 1911). Some interesting facts: 56 staff of which 4 were male; there were 56 male patients and 45 females. Also we noticed staff from oversees now being recorded. House Surgeon Henry Ruthven Lawrence and Francois Fouche Assistant were both born Cape Town, South African colonies (see mention in SGI annual report photo) Nursing staff were mostly local but more further from afield: 3 Wales, 1 Scotland, 1 Southern Ireland, Alice Dempster was born in Hong Kong and Alice Whittleton from West Indies now resident.

Salisbury General Infirmary (SGI) commemorated in a watercolour painting by Salisbury artist Bill Toop, dated 1993.  A n...
15/03/2021

Salisbury General Infirmary (SGI) commemorated in a watercolour painting by Salisbury artist Bill Toop, dated 1993. A number of edition prints, in our historic collections, are displayed Salisbury District Hospital (SDH) and were commissioned when the hospital services transferred from SGI to the present SDH site.

Salisbury General Infirmary (SGI) commemorated in a watercolour painting by Salisbury artist Bill Toop, dated 1993. A number of edition prints, in our historic collections, are displayed Salisbury District Hospital (SDH) and were commissioned when the hospital services transferred from SGI to the present SDH site.

11/03/2021

Find out how to make our moving heart wire magnetic sculpture, more activities and find out about how magnets are used in medical imaging https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/ #BSW21 Salisbury District Hospital British Science Week

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Don’t know if of interest to you but this is a picture of my dad Maurice(Maury) Tryhorn. He worked at the infirmary for most of his working life and was chosen to lock the doors the day The Salisbury infirmary closed. With newspaper and hospital newsletter too
I use to work as a volunteer on the children's ward 1976 until late 1977 ,does anyone remember sister skew? Absolutely one of the best and she was a real Angel💗
Hi there, I’m an employee at SDH. Just out of interest I was wondering if anything was happening to capture/record more recents events . I was just thinking that the Novichok incident was only a couple of yrs ago (2018) but it already feels like a distant memory. I feel that the pandemic is likely to be with us for sometime and it’s effects both in terms of changes to healthcare and it’s after-effects in terms of long Covid are likely to be with us for a long time but I’m already aware that if you record lived experiences sometime after the events they may not be as accurate. I think a lot of people would be interested in giving their oral history (on video /audio) . I heard on radio 4 people were recording and sending in their Covid chronicle and these have been kept in the British library and have also heard of parents keeping scrap books of the year and my Dad even buried a time capsule in their garden walk as he rebuilt it during the first lockdown ! Is there a local reporter or historian who might be able to interview staff at the hospital so that these could be kept for the future? What is everyone’s thoughts on this?