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 Welcome to-aturnofthekey-Memories of the old  St.Georges and Coton Hill Hospitals-Stafford
A shared record of the Life and Times of these once-proud, old Hospitals. 25/02/2012

This Web – Site is Open To All who may have been involved with Providing and/or Accessing throughout the years, any of the facilities of
these two Old, Local Hospitals. This includes All grades of Ex-Staff, Volunteers, Ex-Patients and their Relatives. There also appears to be a
number of People from the Stafford Area and beyond, Young and Old, who have an interest in what these Old Places were really all about.

I hope this Site and it’s Contents are put together in as Sensitive a way as is possible – Please feel free to tell me if you think otherwise.

Many sincere thanks to all who have helped me with encouragement, advice, and their trust in me to share all of their donations of images, reminiscences, anecdotes, stories etc., towards this Collection of Memories, for everyone to see – I could not have done it without them.

It’s continued development depends  –  Very Much on You  –   through your Donations of  Images, Suggestions, Comments, Anecdotes etc.
All of these add extra layers to the  varied and vibrant record of these, our, old hospitals – So Please, Keep them Coming.
Explore the Site – Participate – Reminisce – Share Those Memories – Tell Others About It – Brian Simms.

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I hope you Enjoy the Site,  But –  If You Notice Anything Untoward  – Please “Contact” Me
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Some Recent Photos –  Identified – Temporarily by  Red – Frames – Across the Site

Hover over Photos for Donor ID, Info., etc.  –   Left Click to Enlarge

Uploaded –  24th August  2014          See “Place and People”  page

Newsletter 008 © Courtesy of Staffs Newsletter- Harry Cliff, Hospital Secretary. From the late 60's, Group Secretary to  all Hospitals in the Mid Staffs Group .

Copyright © to all Images is acknowledged as being retained by the Donor unless otherwise stated

 

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If You have any Photos relevant to the Site – Please “Contact” Me
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Some of your Anecdotes

“The Mortuary Goose”  –  A Personal Experience   by – David Johnson. .

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See “Anecdotes” Page for More of these – and – Please Send me Your Stories to Share
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List of  Current Donors

Peter Anthony – Anne Appleby – John Aris – Sue Astle-Kath Cox – Trisha Hayward – Tony Lakin
Chris Peet – Beryl Sandy – Roy Shirley – Bill Sim – Brian Simms – Ian Ward – Jeanette Watson
Kevin McConville – Phillip Warelow – Eddy Hood – Mary Balahura – Geoff Dewsbury
Margaret Dooley – Mark Melvin – The
Staffordshire Newsletter – An Anonymous Donor
Dave Plant – David Johnson – Philip Locke

129 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Phil Warelow said:

    Hi Brian
    Kevin McConville informed me that Mick Nixon (Magnus) had passed away. I was saddened to hear of this. He was such a good man – always too much to say but done with his own impeccable (Monty Python) sort of way. Love to Di and his family. He will be sadly missed. Regards Phil Warelow

  2. Yes – always sad to lose one of our own – and at such an early age. Condolences to all the family.

  3. Phil Warelow said:

    Brian
    Despite trying I still haven’t managed to get in touch with Brian Hartill.
    Is there anyway you can either supply his email or give him mine please.
    Regards
    Phil

  4. Phil requested Email address on it’s way to you – privately – Not via the Comments Box

  5. Siobhan annabel said:

    Hi did any one know a doctor called Enrique mateu ??

  6. Doug Endean said:

    Got that awful feeling of distress and shock when I read Phil’s note that Mick had passed away. I did have contact with him a few years ago and he visited me with Di for a weekend. We’re looked in on him in Stafford then lost contact again. Last time we spoke was when he rang me to let me know Pat Bourke has passed away. What a bugger eh. Our love to Di and family.
    Odd that there is a question about Enrique Mateu as Mick and I worked with him in Milford Ward in 77/78 with Mick Morgan. Good times and a great doctor to work with.

  7. Dave Newman said:

    Blimey. There are some names on here from the past and a picture of Bernie as well :-)

  8. Further to Siobhan and Doug’s comments above – some references can be found to Dr Enrique Mateu-Lopez on Google.

  9. Received 25/7/14 from Wayne – via Contact facility – who is happy for it to be Published on the Home page.

    Hi Brian, I used to be a patient at St George’s in 1989 to 1990 but my memories of that time are very patchy to say the least. I do remember that the ward I was on was a secure one that was kept locked but I can’t remember the name of it. I remember I was an inpatient for several weeks before becoming an out patient, and remember that my doctor’s name was Dr Mateau. Unfortunately I don’t remember any of the nurses names but do remember they took very good care of everyone on the ward. I remember we used to have meetings at night before bed where everything got wrote in a book then the guys went in one dorm and the girls in the other. We had daily group sessions with the nurse in charge and then I used to go to the workshops to make signs and badges. I remember getting drunk for the first time at a party in the canteen on wine(my first time), I was only 18!! Would you happen to know the name of the ward i’m talking of? I believe it was in the main building? Also do they still keep records from old hospitals and are we able to access them as it would be good to jog the old grey matter again. When I think back at my time at St George’s I remember it was really scary to begin with, but the staff were amazing and really looked after us all. I made some good friends who unfortunately I lost contact with as I moved away from the area due to work, and would really like to put some of the pieces back together if I could. Any help you could give me would be really appreciated. Thanks.

    After replying to him I received further contact as follows –

    Thank you for the information on the ward i was on, I’ve been trying to remember the name of it for a number of years now so as i’m sure you can imagine it is a relief to finally know it’s name. I’m now based in Nottinghamshire so don’t get to Staffordshire very often, even though I have family there, but as i’m sure you can imagine my shock when I tried to Google map St George’s only to see what had happened to it, i had no idea, such a shame. Why was it allowed to become so neglected?? I’m going to try the link you sent me to see if I can gain access to my old records and of course you may publish all that I have written you. Thanks again for your help and your site is saved to my favourites. Keep up the good work. Thanks Wayne.

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