160 years of Tameside history celebrated with new hospital book
30 May 2012

Looking back as far as 1851 when typhus and cholera were raging in Ashton under Lyne, the book ‘Tameside 160 years of our hospitals’ details years of local and world events and improvements to health care as the hospital site developed. It has been complied by staff atTamesideHospital, with the help of the Tameside local History Forum and is being given to all staff currently working at the hospital.

Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Director of Estates and Facilities Gillian Parker said: “As part of the Health Investment in Tameside (HIT) project – a major development to modernise the hospital estate – we decided to bring together a group to research and record the history of the hospital’s development. We hope people enjoy reading the book and the history, looking at the way both the hospital and the world have changed during this time.

“All staff and volunteers have received a copy of the book and we will be selling any remaining copies to raise money for older people’s services at the hospital.”

 Snapshots from the book include:

  • The opening of a new workhouse in 1851 at a cost of £12,000
  • How Ashton Infirmary came about in 1861 although there was very little medical treatment available locally for poor people and absolutely none for children
  • The first female doctor Catherine Emslie Anderson who took up her post in 1881
  • How the Infirmary became Ashton underLyne GeneralHospitalin 1945
  • By 1952 the annual spend on services by the management committee was around half a million pounds
  • Opening of the 72-beddedLadysmithBuildingin 1987
  • Opening of the Hartshead building in 1989 by Sarah Ferguson, the then Duchess of York
  • Opening of the new Hartshead South building in 2011 by HRH the Duke of Gloucester

“The research for the book has been drawn from many sources. We would like to thank the Tameside Local History Forum, without whose help we would not have been able to complete it. Thanks also to local residents who submitted their memorabilia following media requests by the hospital and to Tameside Archive Library for its permission to reproduce some of the images in the book, “said Gillian.

To obtain a copy of the book, please e mail press@tgh.nhs.uk