The Royal Naval Hospital at Stonehouse in Plymouth occupies a unique position in
the memories of all who have ever worked or been treated there. Its high grey walls
originally designed to keep patients in, now guard against the encroachment of urbanisation.
The central buildings of the hospital have changed very little since its completion
in 1762, and the grounds have a quiet, almost rural charm that combine to provide
it with an air of grace.
Two hundred and thirty five years ago in 1760, the first patients were moved in from
the malt houses and warehouses along the shoreline to occupy a hospital whose design
was so far advanced as to make it the finest in Europe. Social conditions at the
time however, were primitive, and expertise in the fields of medicine, surgery and
nursing was in its infancy. It took another century for these disciplines to innovate
themselves to begin to achieve the high standards we now take for granted.
The gentlemen surgeons who paraded in high collars down the colonnade, the ladies
from every calling who rolled up their sleeves to nurse the dying; and the VAD's
and Sick Berth Attendants who took their professionalism all over the world, are
the products of the Royal Naval Hospital for the reception of sick and hurt seamen
and marines' at Stonehouse in Plymouth, Devon.
On 31st March 1995, RNH Plymouth ( Stonehouse ) built for the reception of sick and
hurt seamen and marines, closed its gates, 235 years after admitting it's first patient.
We lucky few, who served and lived there will remember the old girl with much fondness,
the like of which, will never be seen again.
In a years time with the closure of RNH Haslar, the long RNH tradition of service
and eccentricity will finally vanish and thousands of doctors and staff who were
part of it, even briefly and sometimes unwillingly, will sense the loss. The charm
of the naval hospitals lay in their being just a little behind the times, generally
never too busy, and always part of a greater service whose traditions they shared.
Clubby, orderly, quaint, and decently resourced, they were everything that the current
frontline NHS is not—clearly the reason they had to go, but a reason also to mourn
Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
Some members have stated that they are having trouble with the the Photo album and
it asks to update your version of flash and when you do, it still does not work!!
and click on the download Flash button (unclick the google toobar bit) and then download.
The Photo Albums should now work.
Also - if you try to access the albums by NHS or Company intranet systems you may
find that for security reasons they have disabled the flash player and you will not
be able to view the Pictures in the workplace. Sorry ! can't fix that one
As you go through the News pages you will note that a lot of articles are old news
and I can hear you saying to yourself, why keep all this old stuff!
The reason is simple, some of our past colleagues are only just finding this Website,
quite a few live abroad, I leave it all on in order for them to catch up and see
what's been happening over the past few years, nuff said!