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Wardown VAD Hospital Luton



   Wardown VAD Hospital was situated in a large Victorian mansion in Wardown Park, Old Bedford Road, Luton. It was was affiliated to the the 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge. The hospital first opened in October 1914, as a reception for the sick of the North Midland Division billeted in Luton and from the nearby Biscot Camp Artillery Training School, under the care of a trained Sister and a staff of local V.A.D. nurses. Mrs R. H. Durler was Joint Commandant with Mrs J. W. Green. Medical Officers of the RAMC administered the more in depth medical procedures.

65 beds were provided with three large wards on the ground floor, three smaller wards the first floor along with an isolation ward with two beds. 20 beds were situated in a newly constructed wooden annexe to the east side of the house, accessed via the fire exit in the regiment gallery. Also on the ground floor was the Operating Theatre equipped with up-to-date fittings, including a folding operating table, high pressure steam sterilizer for dressings and wash-basins with elbow swing taps. Cases requiring major operations were sent to either the Bute Hospital, Luton or the 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge. X Ray's were taken at the Bute Hospital. A Pack Store was provided for patientsí belongings and kit, the hospital also had use of the kitchens, pantries, offices. There was also a large Recreation Room furnished with comfortable chairs, tables, indoor games, a small library, and an excellent bagatelle table. A second bagatelle table was placed on the first floor landing which led to bathrooms for staff and patients, rooms for the matron and nurses and offices for the Commandants and Secretary.

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