Hospital moved to countryside
THIS wonderful aerial view of Torbay Hospital taken in 1972 shows how much it had grown since its foundation in 1928 but also how much more would be added between then and now.
Torbay's first hospital was in Higher Union Street, funded by public donations in 1851.
An isolation hospital was built in 1882 on what is now the Torbay Hospital annexe site — then deep in the countryside.
The current Lawes Bridge site was offered by Mr R P Kitson, of Shiphay Manor, at a knock-down price of £8,000 in 1925 with generous grounds on all sides.
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And so the endless building programmes began.
The 1972 picture shows the 1960s expansion in the foreground.
The maternity unit was opened in 1985, followed in 1990 by the Hetherington unit. The psychiatric wards would follow.
Today, with the need for parking, there is barely a corner of the Torbay Hospital 'estate' which is not in use for one purpose or another.
At its heart, however, buried in the high rise, is the original building.
What extraordinary advances in modern medicine those walls have witnessed.