As well as the modern and improved design, layout & funtionality of the Hospital Buildings & Grounds, the reason why Runwell Hospital gained it's excellent reputation was and still is because of the People who ran, managed, supervised & cared at Runwell.
Before the creation of the National Health Service in 1948, Runwell Mental Hospital was regulated by the Board of Control.
In the early years, like other Mental Hospitals of the time; the Physician Superintendent (sometimes called Medical Superintendant),
was in charge of the entire Hospital, and was responsible for the day-to-day running of all Hospital activities.
The Superintendent led a group of Senior Staff, who assisted him with this important and huge responsibility.
The Senior Staff consisted of Consultants, a Matron, Charge Nurse, as well as a whole host of other Medical Staff;
including Ward Sisters, Nurses & Male Attendents.
The huge Kitchens kept hunger at bay, staffed by Cooks, with the Bakery and Hospital Farm providing practically all of the raw food stocks, meaning that, like the impressive tradition of it's forerunner; Asylums, Runwell was almost totally self-sufficient.
Runwell Hospital was also held in high regard for it's Patient Therapies, and research into diseases of the brain, all conducted at the Hospital.
While the Patient's needs were taken care of by the Medical Staff, over the years the Buildings were looked after and kept in good health by the vast array of Artisans employed by the Hospital; Blacksmiths, Boilermen, Carpenters, Cleaners, Cobblers, Electricians, Engineers, Fitters, Gardeners, Painters & Plumbers, amongst many other skilled Crafts & Tradesmen & women.
A lot of History exists only in our memories, and is often never written down.
This website has been created to record and to share the memories of those who have had a connection with Runwell Hospital.
Did you work at Runwell? Were you a Patient at Runwell? Did you have a member of your Family, Relative or a Friend who worked or who stayed at Runwell?
If you have a story you would like to have included in this website, please feel free to make contact using the link button below