Rhyl, United Kingdom
Woven stretcher the shape of a man designed to bring injured workers down from nearby mountains hangs on the wall in the main passage at the former Dinorwig Quarry Hospital. The pioneering Dinorwig Quarry Hospital is now a museum housing some of the original equipment from the 1800's. Restored Ward and Operating Theatre, original X-Ray Machine and other bits of gruesome medical equipment, park related exhibitions and a Mortuary! This old hospital in Llanberis was for the men who worked at the Dinorwig Quarry in the 19th and 20th centuries. The idea was to have a hospital close to their place of work so they could get back to work as soon as possible after they received treatment. There were over 3,000 workers in the Dinorwig quarry and there were a lot of accidents - broken bones, lost fingers, crush injuries and worse. The Dinorwig hospital remained until the coming of the NHS in the 1950s.
August 18th, 2013
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