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    Don't the Chelsea pensioners have their own hospital ??? Jws

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    Thanks Keith
    No it as certainly not that one,it was a much smaller place and closer to the City Centre!
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    #8: Would love some of my Mum's rock cakes and fried johnny scones.
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    Vernon, I recall the hospital now, almost city centre. That is now demolished, and everything rolled into the main hospital , it was operating until the middle of the sixties, kt

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    Thanks Keith
    Any recollections on a name at all??
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    It was something like Southampton City hospital. My only time i visited was in 1967, i was on the way to visit my wife on boxing day after my sons birthday on Xmas day, they were in Southampton general hospital. In front of my car a motorcyclist came off his bike quite badly, i gave him first aid, he was walking wounded, and as i was on my way to hospital anyway, got him in my car and took him to the General hospital. They were not duty hospital for accidents that week, so had to take him to the hospital that we talk of. This was a time when visiting was very strict, so i missed the visit to my wife. Will keep trying to gather enough braincells to remember its name, kt

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    KT, my late eldest brother many, many years ago was overnight trucking his farm produce to Sydney markets and came across a vehicle accident. Being the decent bloke that he was, he stopped and did what he could to help until more help arrived. Not long afterwards he got sued as the cause of the accident he came upon and after fighting it for years at great personal expense he eventually was declared not to have been involved other than as a good samaritan.
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    Joking aside, VD and alcholism were the main occupational disease of seamen and a great social evil.

    And I assumed thst the main reason for establishing he Dreadnought Hospital was for the treatment of merchant seamen who contacted VD while away from home and families for months at a time as was quite normal in the first half of the last century and earlier. This appears to be born out by an article in the Journal of Maritime Research which can be read online.

    Lesley A. Hall (2004) "What shall we do with the poxy sailor?"
    Journal for Maritime Research, 6:1, 113-144,
    Click on the link to see: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/...9.2004.9668339

    Can anybody provide further information?

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    A very interesting article Bill, however it is still prevalent in all walks of life. During my final years of employment (working in hospitals) I witnessed many G.U. clinics in high demand for the treatment of many sexually transmitted diseases. Some patients being very young, quite alarming to think that education has not managed to counteract this very serious social condition.

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    Think it was 1972 or thereabouts did the shipmasters medical course at the merchant Navy hotel in Liverpool. On the day set out for the lectures on VD., a few facts and figures were laid out , the one that stuck in my mind was that the biggest carriers of gonorhea in the Liverpool area at that time was 12 year old girls on the game. Some of the general public would be shocked if they saw as well other figures as regards drug use and unwanted births. But as usual silence is only to be heard as would be considered detrimental to the population to hear about. My sister is an ex SRN and used to hear some terrible off the record stories also. Hospital staff I would say have to be some of the chosen few, not only for their wish to help others, but also for their powers of discretion. JS
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