Hospitals by Denise Amos

Bassetlaw Hospital

Hospital services in Bassetlaw began with the opening of the 5-bed Victoria Hospital, Worksop, in 1900, staffed by a house surgeon, two honorary surgeons, a matron and three probationer nurses. There were 59 patients and during the first year, the income was £487 12s 6d, and the expenditure £505 4s 3d. Thirty years later, 812 patients were treated, the income was £7326 and expenditure £6751. A (penny in the pound) worker's contributory scheme raised £4300 while the 'Gloops Club' donated a cot to the Children's wing. It became part of the NHS in 1948 and was demolished in 1996.

Bassetlaw District Hospital in 2010.
Bassetlaw District Hospital in 2010.
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The foundation stone for Kilton Hospital (the residential area it is situated) was laid in 1902; it was known as Worksop's Poor Law Infirmary and cost £18,300 to build. Major parts of this building still exists and is now used as an administration block and the Postgraduate Centre and Library. The first phase of the new Bassetlaw Hospital was opened on the same site in 1984. Work was completed in 1987.  Not long after this the services from the Victoria Hospital in the centre of Worksop were transferred to Bassetlaw Hospital.

Retford and District Hospital, was opened in 1887 and enlarged in 1902. In 1922 a new hospital building was erected on North Road, Retford, with a private patient’s wing, an operating theatre, casualty services and an X-ray department. The hospital was extended in the late 1960’s-70s with two more wards which were used for long stay elderly patients. The operating theatre was closed in 1980 and the casualty and in-patient service were transferred to Bassetlaw hospital in 1988. Newer wards were converted to outpatient accommodation.

The hospital joined with Doncaster Royal Infirmary in 2001 to form the Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Trust and now jointly serves a population of 410,000.