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Southern General Hospital, Southmead

1914 Start of World War I. Bristol Infirmary could only offer 260 beds in the newly opened wing, for casualties.


Southmead, now with 260 beds, placed these free-of-charge at the disposal of the War Office. Five temporary wards quickly added and by 1917 Southmead had 1,040 beds, and a further 300 in tents.


Also providing beds for 2nd Southern General Hospital were Bishops Knoll, Cossham Hospital, Cleve Hill, Almondsbury, Kingsweston, Homeopathic Hospital, Bruce Cole, Eye Hospital, General Hospital, Queen Victoria Hospital and Ashton Court Hospital and many others in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.


In 1916 the Red Maids School was converted into a 200-bed hospital. In 1915 the Bristol Asylum at Fishponds was converted into the Beaufort War Hospital. Together with the Female Infirmary block at the Workhouse(200 beds) the Beaufort hospital provided 1,640 beds. 500 of these became an Orthopaedic centre of international excellence.


When the hospital closed in February 1919 it had treated 29,434 patients with only about 130 related deaths.

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