Bagthorpe Isolation Hospital

“Heathfield Hospital”




The Health Committee has acquired a large tract of land at Bagthorpe, about two miles from the centre of the town, and is about to erect upon it a hospital for infectious diseases. The site chosen is admirably adapted for the purpose, being at the summit of a gentle slope facing south, far removed from houses but with ready access to a good road. The soil is light and dry. Meanwhile temporary provision for about eighteen cases of smallpox has been made upon another part of the same land by erecting Doecker hut hospital, and converting a farmhouse and some of the outbuildings into wards for the reception of patients. Here all smallpox cases are now taken. The remaining huts of the Garden Hospital continue to afford much needed accommodation for scarlet fever, but will soon disappear as soon as the new hospital is complete.

The new hospital will be so arranged that the different infectious diseases can be received at the same time into separate blocks completely isolated from each other. Provision will be made for small pox, scarlet fever, enteric fever, and diphtheria, “But it is not contemplated to admit cases of measles or whooping cough. Taking into consideration the large and increasing population of the borough, probably about 240,000 in 1886, it is most desirable that permanent accommodation should be provided for not less than a hundred and twenty beds. It would be doubtless be necessary to supplement this by temporary buildings in the event of a severe epidemic, or of concurrent outbreaks of smallpox and scarlet fever, as happened in 1881-2.

Hitherto there has been no adequate provision for the isolation and treatment of infectious diseases. A few cases of enteric fever are received at the Garden Hospital and Children’s Hospital, but with these exceptions there has been no place for the reception of infectious cases, pauper or otherwise, beyond the limited resources of the Garden Hospital, which was designed and adapted for one class of cases only.


Nottingham. Patients admitted into the Garden Hospital, and temporary Smallpox Hospital at Bagthorpe, during 1885.


Two severe cases of enteric fever were admitted to the Garden Hospital during the year, under the pressure of necessity. There were no means of proper treatment at home, and the General Hospital was unable to receive them.

*And when necessary, for typhus also, fortunately a rare occurrence in Nottingham

Bagthorpe Isilation Hospital