Examiner reader Richard Smith has some memories of the former Storthes Hall hospital which reveal how his perceptions have changed over the years.
The 44-year-old from Wooldale worked there as a teenager and again when he was in medical training.
Richard, now a project manager of healthcare IT systems in Leeds, said: “As a 14 and 15-year-old in the 1980s I worked for my neighbour labouring in the school holidays, rebuilding the roof on the chapel of rest at Storthes Hall. We saw lots of patients wandering around, many of them looking drugged up or as if they had lost the ability to think for themselves years earlier.
“Later on when I was training as a radiographer at Huddersfield I used to visit Storthes Hall to X-ray patients. I remember the walk to the canteen being down a long sloping corridor. There were some saloon type doors and a particular patient used to wait until you were almost next to the doors and then open them for you. He used to stand there doing this all day. There were lots of little areas, such as tiny gardens that could only be accessed from inside certain areas.
“When I was a youngster, the place used to give me the creeps if I am honest, but as I got older I realised that most of the patients had become completely institutionalised and were just living at home.”
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