Ilkeston - The Community Hospital
w/e 03 August 2003

 Nursing Home

Ilkestonians of my generation will remember well that this building on Heanor Road once housed the local hospital. In fact it is still possible to make our the words "Ilkeston Hospital" on its facade.
Nowadays the building is the Rutland Manor Nursing Home.

Old Hospital
Car Park

The hospital has now moved further up the road towards Heanor into new premises. Parking there always comes at a premium and this Saturday afternoon was no exception.
Main Entrance

As staff and visitors chatted outside the main reception, the Mayor of Erewash was opening a major fund raising event for the hospital - the annual garden party.
Garden Party

On a beautiful, sunny summer afternoon, the local populace had turned out in force to support the event.

Although funded by the National Health Service, the hospital uses additional money raised by such events to improve its facilities for the local community. One example of this is the refurbishment of the reception area that also houses a plaque and portrait commemorating the 1987 opening of the hospital by Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
Refurbishment plaque
Diana portrait
Opening plaque

Obviously not many people view the prospect of being in hospital with much joy but this gentleman in the multicoloured coat who was entertaining the crowds with glove puppets, a Punch and Judy show and some magic tricks should contemplate booking himself in for an operation next week - to get those chimneys removed from his head!

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