Welcome to aturnofthekey

 Memories of Old St.Georges Hospital 1818-1995  and Coton Hill Hospital 1854-1976, Stafford
A shared record of the Life and Times of these once-proud Old Hospitals. 25/02/2012

News and Views

Copyright © to All Site-Material is acknowledged as being Retained by the Donor, Named or Not –  Permission for Use Is Required




Since opening the Site people have contacted me Privately, wishing to find information about their relatives, who were patients in St. Georges and/or Coton Hill hospitals, some even from as far afield as Australia. Sometimes despite confidentiality issues we have been of general help. As
a potential for more fruitful results, I have generally  recommended and pointed people in the direction of – The “Staffordshire Record Office”.
They are attempting to raise more public awareness about the services they have to offer and to encourage more people to use their facilities.
Aware of this Site, and the referrals from it they have contacted me, asking if I would consider publishing their services, contact details etc.
It’s an idea which fits well within  the aims of the Site, another facility for us to offer / for all to use, and which I have willingly adopted.

Some of Your Recent Photos, Identified – Temporarily  by  “Red” Borders – Across the Site

If You have any Photos Relevant to the Site – Please Contact me

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

Uploaded  23rd – June  – 2015        See   ” Staff Events/Club ”  page


 Some of your Recent Anecdotes – SeeHere” for More of these

If You have any Anecdotes relevant to the Site – Please “Contact” Me

Washing up Quietly“- by – Ian Ward.

“Milk Shakes and Biscuits” – by – Martin Garvey . .

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, Doug Endean, Martin Garvey

Many Thanks to All of You for All of Your Contributions

A Few Words about using the Comment facility.

Depicting a Hospital’s life and care of it’s People throughout it’s long history, on an Open, Public- Access Site, can raise some Sensitive issues.
We all have very individual perceptions of these old Places and People, some of them may be Positive, some of them may not always be so.
Whilst trying to be truthful, the Site will always attempt to reflect these differing Viewpoints, hopefully –  in as Acceptable a way as is possible.
Your general Comments and Remarks, published on the Site, are very Welcome and much Appreciated. Be they Memories, Questions, Ideas, Suggestions etc., reflecting some of your own Experiences and or Perceptions, they do add extra Authenticity, Variety and Colour to the Site.
In recognition of the above, please, always try to be – Respectful of it’s People – and – do Contact me if I have missed anything untoward.


173 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Many thanks Ian(Ward) for contacting me re: your early Memories on League Of Friends Ward, not very “Politically Correct” for these days, but funny and a good flavour of it’s era.
    I have placed it on the “Anecdote” Page.

  2. Thank you Martin (Garvey) for your Anecdote – much appreciated.
    I have placed it on the “Anecdote” page.

  3. Roy Shirley said:

    I enjoyed reading Ian’s anecdote of League of Friends Ward and it bought back memories of that ward when Phil McVay’s father was Charge Nurse.

  4. Yes Roy – It’s good to read other peoples memories – often bringing back those forgotten ones of your own. Great stuff.

    There were many Hundreds of people who worked at the old place and yet we’ve only had around Eight or so Anecdotes.
    Many of them are still around, know about, and visit the the Site.

    I wonder why that is ?

  5. Roy Shirley said:

    I have lots of anecdotes about my 9 years at St. Georges and I still remember lots were told to me about the old staff. Perhaps I will have to send you a few.

  6. lots of ghost stories , !!!!especially. Fred on Palmer ward!!!!! and peg leg on G2 coton hill!!!!wonder if he still haunts the new general hospital???

  7. Thanks Kath and Roy – always willing to contribute – Send them in.

    There must be memories from lots of ex colleagues who worked there.

    To all of you out there somewhere – Please Share them with all of us.

  8. SAD NEWS – Have just read in the Stafford Newsletter – Trevor Harrison, one of our well known older colleagues has passed away.
    Funeral at Stafford Crematorium next Thursday 12th March at 2.30pm. Flowers are welcome.

  9. Very sad news regarding Trevor, although he must have been an impressive age. He was one of my first year tutors, alongside Tony McCoy, Jim Reid and Heather Blacker.

    His son started as a Student Nurse in about 1978, but I have no idea what became of him

  10. Phil Warelow said:

    I was saddened to hear of Trevor’s passing. He was such a good man. A good teacher, a wealth of wisdom and a very cynical sense of humour. The world will be not quite as good without him.
    Brian, if you get chance – my condolences to his family. Regards

  11. Roy Shirley said:

    I am truly saddened to hear the news of Trevor’s death. He was one of my first tutors, a man with a keen sense of humour

  12. I am glad that I attended Trevor’s Funeral today. Saw him off, in the company of Geoff Dewsbury and Bill Sim, as representatives of his St Georges Colleagues.

  13. SAD NEWS – Have just heard from his Daughter Liz that Eddie Hood has passed away suddenly, no details as yet. A colourful character, passionate about sports especially cricket (a Demon Bowler), loved parties and an old Club stalwart.

  14. Roy Shirley said:

    The news that Eddie Hood has died has really upset me, though I only worked for 9 years (1965-1974) at St Georges I have wonderful memories of Eddie. From the time he sutured my right hand, following a work related injury when I worked in the stores, to many a drink I shared with him in the social club. R.I.P Eddie

  15. Brian said:

    I spent two intensive learning periods as a Student on his ward, qualifying at the end of the last one, and then stayed on as his Staff Nurse for a while. Had another phone conversation with him about 5 weeks ago when he and Joyce were still settling in from a recent house move. Took an interest in the Site and did much reminiscing. So many memories both on and off duty.

  16. Phil Warelow said:

    Saddened to hear of Eddie’s passing. A real character – not sure they make them like Eddie anymore.
    A unique man.

  17. EDDY HOOD – Provisional Date for Funeral is (Next)Thurs. 23rd – 1pm at Carmountside Crematorium S.O.T.
    If any changes will let you know.

  18. Re Eddy’s Funeral Arrangements – Date, Time and place Confirmed as above.

  19. so sad!!RIP Eddy!!fond memories of bygone days
    condolences to Joycexxx
    Kath and Alf Cox

  20. David T Johnson said:

    I was greatly saddened to hear of the death of Trevor Harrison. He was my first charge nurse when I was a student nurse. During my three years of training he was my mentor and I firmly believe I passed my RMN, first time, because of his help. Rest In Peace Trevor.
    David T Johnson.

  21. Walked through the grounds last week and found that “Scaffolding” now going up apace and workmen now moving about on same.

  22. so ,so sad…mental illness in the news again!!!!I wonder why there is a shortage of beds in this field,the loss of our great hospital,was a tragedy to Stafford,and the many staff ,and patients who resided there

  23. Same old, same old! Too much dithering and soul searching. If we want a Healthy Responsive, Health Service – we need the Funding to provide for the demonstrable needs of the Community, Patients and Dedicated-but-Demoralised Staff, and above all Political Will with Effective Oversight! Would the Populace countenance paying a little more Tax ?

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