The Dilke Memorial Hospital
Yesterday I made my first visit to The Dilke Memorial Hospital. This is a little gem of a hospital just outside Cinderford on Speech House Road. Set in the glorious Forest of Dean it is an absolute picture, unlike many of the concrete monoliths that most of us are used to.
On turning in to the car park we were very surprised to find that car parking is free. That was a lovely surprise as I have never known this before in an English NHS hospital.
Inside the building you can still see some of the lovely original features and we noticed a beautiful pair of antique chairs just outside the waiting room.
I was only there for an aneurysm check using a sound machine like they use for pregnant ladies. Fortunately I was advised there was no change and it was definitely not twins.
It is a great pity that this marvellous little hospital is due to be closed.
After the death of the Forest’s Member of Parliament (Sir Charles Dilke) in 1911, fund raising commenced to establish a local community hospital. Subsequently The Dilke Memorial Hospital was built as a permanent memorial to the popular M.P. on a site near to Lightmoor Colliery, Cinderford. The hospital first opened its doors in 1923 and was funded until 1949 by public subscription and fund raising events..”The Dilke”, as it is popularly known, still provides a range of hospital services to the local communities but for how long we don’t know.
If you are interested in the history of the Dilke Memorial Hospital please follow the link to this excellent article by Nick Oldnall on the Forest of Dean History site..