Bunkers, shelters and other buildings
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There is still a 'tunnel' from the Old Site (near Great George Street entrance) to Clarendon Wing, although I'd probably call it a corridor really - it's used by the porters on those little electric 'tugs' for moving waste bins, laundry cages etc. It roughly follows the main B floor corridor from Jubilee to CLW, and at one point is level with the car park behind Pathology. Not sure if that's the one you mean, ceejay, as it's not quite from Brotherton Wing (and not exactly underground). In fact, now that I've written that, it doesn't sound anything like an underground tunnel from Clarendon to Brotherton Wing! So, do tell us more about it!
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[quotenick="raveydavey"]As a kid (mid 70's), I was "under" the Opthamology Department (hope I've spelt that right!) for my dodgy eye.That used to be on the ground floor of the Brotherton Wing, just through the doors opposite what is now Millenium Square.I had to go back for the first time in years a couple of years ago for my eyes looking at and found the opthamology department is now on the very far side of the Hospital which now takes about 10 minutes to walk there from those doors, up stairs, along corridors, through walkways and then more corridors and finally down some more steps - I only just made that first appointment!It's weird walking through the different parts of the LGI, from the fading splendour of the Brotherton Wing, through the "old" LGI, then into the new building then back into what looks to be a 70's built section. Parts of it still look very much like a hospital from the 50's or 60's, certainly from the corridors anyway.Anyway coming back to civilisation after my appointment I needed a "comfort break" and used the loo's near the Millenium Sq entrance, just to the right of the security desk as you enter the building. Co-incidentally these are where the corridor to the old Opthamology Dept used to be, so I had a quick nosey but the whole area is blocked off now and looks disused.There was a tale going round a year or so ago that the NHS were looking to move all the hospital facilities out of the LGI up to Jimmys, to cash in on the prime city centre site, although I've not heard much about this lately. The site is massive though and must be worth an absolute fortune. It would definataly be worth documenting as it stands. [/quoteHi RaveyThe Opthalmology Dept is Deffo at Jimmy's now!I was surprised, as I needed a minor op to clear cataract'Mist up' and thought it was a mistke as I'd had the original op. in Clarendon Wing at LGI a couple of years back.All Eye patients are now at Jim's! Much nicer there and lesswaiting about!
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chameleon wrote: Don't I remember the Brotherton Wing being mostly used for private paying patients many years ago? I think you are right. But the outpatients dept. was certainly in the same building. The ariel tunnel I mean is that between the older part of the hospital and Clarenden Wing, my wife was in Clarenden wing in 1991 and I used it occasionally.
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I worked at the LGI for a number of years and I spent a fair while trying to find hidden places. I have been up on the roof area from the balconies mentioned above. My work took me all over the hospital, all of the ards and I think it ws the cancer ward on D floor (though memory is a bit vague) that We (my friend usually accompanied me on these mini expeditions) accessed the balcony from, just walked through on a warm day. Then we went up some outside stairs (which you can see from over the road) and onto the roof. Also been on the helicopter pad area - this was when they just opened Phase 1 (now Jubilee Building) and had not installed a lock on the door at the top of the lift. Spent lots of time (when we should've been working) sat at the top of the stair well in Jubilee, on the wide window ledges looking across the city with especially good views of Emly Moor transmitting tower. We were directly above the roof top garden mentioned in this thread (which we also frequented). But it was the underground I was fascinated with. I did managed to have a quick look in a tunnel on A florr of the old buidling. The maintenance men had left the padlock off the door. My friend stayed by the door as watch and to prevent me being locked in and I ran along a low, dimly lit straight corridor for a while until I came to an old room with the sound of machinery. I climbed up a ladder - about 10-12 feet to peer over a tall wall that didn't reach to the ceiling. There was a dark room with machinery in cages and daylight from somewhere around a corridor. I didn't go any further and made my way back. I was convinced there were tunnels deeper down - I wondered if there was an entrance near the entrance on Calverley street - saw the maintenance men open a door and looked like they went down some stairs. I had been down a leveel from A floor, there were some offices and I think the Ear dept or something like that - I remember delivering down there but didn't find any ancient looking tunnels as I wasn't able to venture too far on that floor. Sunshine Corridor - yes, very warm and sunny, it's true. The smokers did hang around there and yes they were from the respiratory wards. Unbelievable. I always thought it was awesome how you could enter the building on Calverley Street, and without goign back outside go through the old site, into Jubilee, into Clarendon, into Dental Hospital, into University and out other end, a long way from where you went in! Massive combined area. Random facts- Jimmy Saville had his own office with his name and credentials on plaque on 6th floor (if I remember correct) of Martin Wing. Before Jubilee we had to go from main site to Clrendon through an old tunnel suported on metal frame work quite high above the groundBodies were kept in Dental Hospital (think 10th floor?) for medical students to study. Once got permission to go and have a look but bottled it at the last minute. The guy who was going to show us around was nicknamed Stiff John.
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Talking of the Dental Hospital reminds me of when I was a guinea pig for students there - I attended for about 15 years for free, if lengthy and painful [!] treatment.One of 'my' students told me about dissecting heads to trace the nerve canals in order to learn where to inject for numbing. Another told me they practised on 'phantom heads' [squee!] before being let loose on the likes of me. Another told me that animal testing went on on the top floor of the DH. You can still register [or could when I last looked] to be a guinea pig for students. Perhaps best to try ahead of the new intake in Autumn.
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Chrism wrote: chameleon wrote: Don't I remember the Brotherton Wing being mostly used for private paying patients many years ago? I don't know, do you? oooook. I know I think I thought I knew, but I thought that what I thought might have been but just a thought rather than thinking that what I thought was a fact to think about(and arry seems to think the thought was right!)
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Geordie-exile wrote: Talking of the Dental Hospital reminds me of when I was a guinea pig for students there - I attended for about 15 years for free, if lengthy and painful [!] treatment.One of 'my' students told me about dissecting heads to trace the nerve canals in order to learn where to inject for numbing. Another told me they practised on 'phantom heads' [squee!] before being let loose on the likes of me. Another told me that animal testing went on on the top floor of the DH. You can still register [or could when I last looked] to be a guinea pig for students. Perhaps best to try ahead of the new intake in Autumn. You can but it's treatment by treatment. If they don't need a specimen patient of what you've got, they don't take you on, and when it's completed you're out.
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