Nottingham Hospitals History


Nottingham Journal

1 June 1929

The Duchess of Portland laid the foundation stone of the new Nottingham Hospital for Women on Peel Street yesterday afternoon (31st May 1929). The scheme is a combination of Castle Gate Hospital for Women and the Samaritan Hospital on Raleigh Street.

The Duchess of Newcastle was to have performed the ceremony, and the following letter from her was read:

I wish I could have been with you all to see the achievement of what we have been aiming for over four years – the building of a under whose roof the good work of the Castle Gate and Samaritan Hospitals can be amalgamated and increased.

The long waiting lists in both prove the need for this work, and with Gods blessing alighting on this new building it will stand as a beacon for the sick and the suffering.

It only rest with the Notts and Nottingham men and women to see that its good services are not curtailed in any way for lack of funds.

I have lately been going through a very sad time, during which I realise more than ever the wonderful help and consolation we can find in the marvellous ministrating and skill given by doctors and nurses in really serious illness; also what a hospital like this means, where the very best surgical and medical advice can give, is provided for those who unable to find it in their own homes.

We are apt to forget all this when all goes well, but there comes a time for all of us when we have to face suffering and sorrow.

A New Era

Mr. H. W. Roberts voiced the sympathy of those present to the Duchess of Newcastle in her bereavement. The laying of the foundation stone would mark a new ear in the history of the two hospitals. Originally founded about 50 years ago, with two beds, in what was termed in the first report as “the provident plan,” these hospitals had progressed steadily in every way. A rule explaining the meaning of the “provident plan” read:

 The object of this hospital shall be the treatment of women suffering diseases peculiar to the sex, who, whilst unable to incur large expenses, are yet able to pay something towards their maintenance.

 In 1914 they started a building fund with £54 and had gone on steadily until now the fund had reached £31,520 in cash and £2,900 promised.

Tribute to the Late Duke

The Duchess of Portland said she sincerely shared the grief and regret that the chairman had expressed at the great loss which not only his relatives and friends, but many institutions of the county and elsewhere had sustained by the death of the (7th) Duke of Newcastle.

She had been interested in the work of the Samaritan Hospital for many years and she thought the committees of the two hospitals were wise in joining forces. Unity was strength, and one strong institution would be better than two comparatively weak ones. They would certainly prevent waste from overlapping. The hospital spirit was the spirit of willing service and our hospitals constituted one of the great glories of our country.

 Mr. H. W. Roberts announced the receipt of £1,000 from the executors of the late Mrs. Draycott Smith; £500 on the account of the legacy of Mrs. Mary Jane Hudson; £100 each from two members of the committee, and £100 from the sister of one of the medical staff. The flag day contribution amounted to £800.6s. 5d., including £100 from Messrs Boots.