Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund Convalescent Home, Kewstoke, Weston-super-Mare: nurses (?) outside the patients' entrance. Photograph by R.W. Brown & Son, 1936.
- R.W. Brown & Son (Portrait photographers : Weston-super-Mare, England)
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Exterior showing door with large stone plaque lettered in relief "Patients' Entrance"; in front of it, a group of about 56 women, presumably convalescent women patients with some staff members: only three of them are in nurse's uniform. Identified as Kewstoke by Dr Hugh Roberts, Winscombe, Bristol, 12 March 2001 The Kewstoke convalescent home was built in 1931-1933 by the Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund for use by convalescent women patients from Birmingham. In 2001 the institution was still managed by the Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund Medical Charity and Welfare Trust, and was called Kewstoke Treatment Clinic, Sand Bay, Weston-Super-Mare BS22 9YA. Sherlock calls it the Kewstoke Convalescent Home for Women, Weston-super-Mare, and says "Kewstoke was indeed a 'showplace', but only in the sense that it showed to the world at large what could be done by a relentless and united pursuit of a high ideal. To the 111 women patients it always accommodated, it was not merely a 'showplace', it gave them new life and hope, and respite from their everyday cares and ailments. The women of Birmingham were happy to have contributed to this landmark on the road to good health." (p. 20). From 2005 it was converted into a secure psychiatric hospital within the Cygnet Health Care group of hospitals
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E.R. Sherlock, 1873-1973 the golden years: a concise history of the Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund, Birmingham : Hosp. Sat. Fund., 1973, pp. 19-21, 34-35
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