Letchworth health centre looking for people associated with 99-year-old hospital

The Christmas Dance in 1949 when it was still an Isolation Hospital.

The Christmas Dance in 1949 when it was still an Isolation Hospital. - Credit: Archant

A health centre is looking for people associated with a 99-year-old hospital to share their stories.

As part of the Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living’s 30th birthday celebrations on Sunday, June 15, the centre is trying to gather people together who have had a historical connection with Rosehill Hospital for a trip down memory lane.

The event will take place at 3pm at Rosehill Hospital on Hitchin Road and is part of both the Letchworth Festival and the Letchworth centre’s Family Open Day which runs from midday until 4pm.

Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living director Roberta Meldrum said: “The 99-year-old hospital has had a rich history and has taken on varied roles to meet society’s changing needs over the years. The site’s connection to health is maintained by its current occupier, the Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, which provides complementary therapies and a large programme of health-promoting classes for all ages.

“If you were born at the hospital, if you worked there as a nurse or in any other capacity, or if you had been a patient there at any time – please try and come to this rare occasion to reminisce about your experiences.”


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Rosehill Hospital was built in 1915 and was originally established as the Letchworth and Hitchin Isolation Hospital, but at the creation of the NHS it was renamed Rosehill and served as a maternity hospital and a geriatric facility over the course of the 20th century.

There were also two facilities associated with the hospital called the South Lodge Isolation Hospital in Baldock which handled scarlet fever and the Langley Smallpox Hospital which served Hitchin.

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The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living moved to Rosehill Hospital in 1988 and the refurbishment of its many derelict hospital buildings was made possible by charitable grants and donations.

Since being set up in 1984 in a Letchworth GC dining room by a medical doctor offering homeopathic treatment, the centre has developed to deliver many services for older people, carers, vulnerable groups, as well as children and young mothers, and now serves 1,400 people.

The free event will include taster complementary therapy sessions, informal lectures, demonstrations and opportunities to participate in classes throughout the afternoon.

There will be a host of activities for children including a bouncy slide, while refreshments and lunches will also be on sale.

For more information on the day’s activities visit www.letchworthcentre.org/family-fun-day or call 01462 678804.

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