Welcome to post number two from the Chernobyl trip. This time I want to take you through a tour of Pripyat’s large and varied hospital buildings located on the edge of the town.
We spent a good couple of hours exploring this place but, as with so much of the town, could have gladly spent longer.
When Reactor Four exploded, Pripyat’s firemen were immediately called out to attend. Nobody was prepared for dealing with the disaster and the firemen were, knowingly or not, setting off on a suicide mission.
When they returned they were rushed directly to the hospital and the irradiated clothing was discarded on site. Above you can see the lining from one of the helmets. The radiation meter shows 999* meaning that the level of radiation is higher than the meter is able to measure! Slightly disturbing.
Waiting rooms at the front of the building look almost untouched after three decades of abandonment.
Medicine cabinets remain still holding vials of long out of date TB medication.
More heavily irradiated artefacts left behind by the fire crew who sacrificed their lives in efforts to control the disaster. Above, a fireman’s spade while likely dug through exploded nuclear reactor remains. Below, a lone fireman’s boot sits on a windowsill as a sad reminder.
Abandoned hospitals – it’s always about finding the operating theatres. This one was a beauty with much left intact. Soviet medicine at it’s most photogenic.
Above, another operating theatre. This one a little less well intact but an interesting find nonetheless.
Laundry room with linen strewn across the floor.
As I made my way out the back of the main hospital building I stepped through long grass and bushes to find other hospital buildings hosting isolation wards and a large maternity department.
Sadly, fetal alcohol syndrome would be the least of the Pripyat parent’s worries after ’86.
The hospital was a massive highlight of the trip and full of almost untouched evidence of it’s former life, even after 28 years of decay.
In an unfortunate turn of irony, I am posting this from a much more modern hospital back in the UK as I have developed pneumonia – hopefully not as a result of Chernobyl!
I hope you enjoyed seeing this historic and fascinating place and keep your eyes peeled for more from Chernobyl soon.