17 North Bailey, Durham
5th Durham Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital
The following information comes from records held at the archives at the Museum of the Order of St John, and is used with their kind permission. Reference OSJ/1/1/12/6:
VAD Hospital, 17 North Bailey, Durham
14th September 1917
Commandant: Miss Robson
Hospital: This is a house which has been lent for this purpose of a hospital.
Beds: 41 beds in
Trained staff: 1 Matron
Massage: 2 visiting Masseuse
VADs: 10 work in shifts, including cooks. All live out.
Paid help: 2 Charwomen
Remarks: This hospital is in a roomy old house in a street. There is a garden at the back. It has just been transferred from being affiliated to the 1st Northern General Hospital to Sunderland War Hospital, so for the present there are no patients. There are the necessary conveniences, but only one bathroom.
Signed: SA Swift
For further information:
Museum of the Order of St John http://museumstjohn.org.uk/research/st-john-archive/
VAD Hospitals in Northumberland and Durham 1914-1918 http://www.donmouth.co.uk/local_history/VAD/VAD_hospitals.html
Scarlet Finders http://www.scarletfinders.co.uk/181.html
Historic Environment Record http://www.keystothepast.info/article/10339/Site-Details?PRN=D35174
Civil Parish: Durham
Contributed by Durham County Record Office
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