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Ely Hospital: Hidden Now Heard

Ely Hospital was an old Victorian Workhouse. Workhouses were for orphans, the poor, people with mental ill health and those with learning disabilities. Gradually Ely Hospital cared only for those with mental ill health or learning disabilities. It was exclusively a learning disability hospital by the mid 1960s. In 1969 the Ely Report uncovered cases of mistreatment and abuse by hospital staff. This raised public awareness, and attitudes turned to supporting hospital closures. As a result, many former staff feel ashamed about their connection. “I remember, even in the 1980s some staff would get off the bus a few stops from the hospital because they didn’t want people to know they worked there” – Linda Williams, student Nurse at Ely in the 1980s. There were some serious incidents of abuse at the hospital. It seems likely that some of the practices were not unique to Ely. It is often suggested that Ely’s problems arose from staff being trained mental health nurses rather than learning disability nurses. This collection will expose different voices, stories and viewpoints. We hope it will make you think about how far we have come and how far we still have to go.

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Ely Hospital nurses

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Ely Hospital nurse with young resident

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Plans for the extension of Ely Hospital 1908

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Weekly meals record from Ely Hospital

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Ely Hospital: Mixed Wards, Laundry and Wheelchairs

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Ely Hospital: Jane Hutt

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Ely Hospital: Gaynor on privacy, noise and...

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Ely Hospital: Flashers, fire alarms and absconders

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Ely Hospital: Denise on the effect resettlement...

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Ely Hospital: Cockroaches, Rats and Wetting the...

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Ely Hospital: Bathing and Privacy

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Ely Hospital: The Evergreen Day Service

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Ely Hospital: Meal Time

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Ely Hospital: Linda and Heather talk more tea

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Ely Hospital: Linda and Heather talk about tea

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Ely Hospital: Food

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Ely Hospital: Different if they had been born...

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Ely Hospital: Breakfast

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Ely Hospital: Breakfast

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Ely Hospital: A patient who worked the cemetary

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Ely Hospital: Workshops and pantomime

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Ely Hospital: Recreation activities

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Ely Hospital: Patient's routine

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Ely Hospital: Mark Drakeford on the Ely report...

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Ely Hospital: Heather and Linda on work

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Ely Hospital: Heather and Linda on relationships

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Ely Hospital: Gloria on her marriage

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Ely Hospital: Bath time

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Ely Hospital: Attitudes within Ely to the Ely...

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