Northampton hospital shows how it cared for wounded soldiers during wartime

Nurses and patients at NGH during the First World War
Nurses and patients at NGH during the First World War

Northampton General Hospital (NGH) will be hosting an exhibition to show how it cared for wounded soldiers during the First World War.

Members of the hospital’s archive volunteers will be displaying pictures, hospital equipment and artefacts from the war years during the event on Wednesday, August 20.

The hospital treated over 3,000 patients during the First World War, with 120 extra beds set up in makeshift wooden pavilions in it’s grounds.

It also requisitioned other Northampton buildings to cope with the high number of patients, including Barry Road School on Barry Road, which set up 260 beds and treated 4,370 wounded, and Abington Avenue School in Abington, which set up 64 beds and cared for 1,560.

Northampton’s largest hospital at the time was Berrywood Hospital, in Berrywood Road in Duston, which became Duston War Hospital during the First World War and cared for 25,000 wounded soldiers.

Floods of support also came from hundreds of local residents who offered accommodation, voluntary nursing and organised outings and entertainment for patients.

The exhibition will take place between 9am - 1pm, at the Cyber Café at NGH, in Cliftonville in Northampton town centre.

All are welcome to the event, which promises a visit from a First World War nurse, retrieved with the help of their time machine.