In the south of England stands a hospital complex, abandoned relatively recently and, to allow filming for TV shows such as Holby City, has many of its fixtures and fittings left intact. Under the cover of darkness and with great trepidation we made our entry into the hospital grounds and, after a little trial and error, into the building itself.
What we expected was a few fair-size buildings, hopefully with one or two interesting features left in place. What we were presented with was a labyrinth of rooms, corridors, staircases, elevator shafts, operating theatres, wards, a gymnasium, a hydrotherapy pool, ER, MRI machines, X-ray departments and machines, you name it – it was here somewhere. In terms of NHS urbex, we had hit the fucking mother-load!
Not just any abandoned operating theatre – This one is/was used as a set in Holby City. I assume this occasional use of the hospital as a makeshift TV studio might go some way to explain why so much has been left in place.
Nice though it was to find a big ward full of photogenic hospital beds all lined up, it was much more of a relief just to find somewhere suitable to get a quick hour of rest after all night traveling the length of the UK and all morning exploring.
The back door…or the front…or the side entrance – it all got a bit disorienting after the first 10 hours of walking the corridors.
OK, so we managed to explore the bit on the left…the bit in the middle…the bits on the right…the bits at the back…the bits behind us… We were in there 11 or so hours and covered a LOT of ground.