Will this be a never ending story, or another fairy tale of our times?
A Transplant is urgently needed ! For this right “Royal” mess.
I can imagine how sad old Wufflers feel as they travel as I do each day past the old Royal hospital and gaze at the sorrowful state it has become. A place so full of memories for all. I just wonder when the fire will start.
On land purchased from the Duke of Cleveland on the recently cut Cleveland Road this Italianate Doric Building of Derbyshire stone costing some £14.000, allowed the eighty bedded South Staffordshire General Hospital and dispensary to publily open its doors on January 1st 1849.
The crowning glory for the hospital came in 1929 with the granting of the Royal Charter by Royal Command with the appropriate seals, titles and coat of arms coming into order.
The new titled Royal Hospital then took under its management sructure the Womens Hospital by the West Park and satellite units.
The 1960’s ushered in many improvements and the gradual widening of the hospital surgical and medical specialites, but even then the whispers of the demise of The Royal and renaissance of New Cross, caused considerable anguish to the loyal Royalists but even so much progress was made into the 70’s and this decade saw the opening an intensive care unit adjacent to the new theatre block at a cost of £27.000.
But as we all know today the doors finally closed and virtually 150 years of outstanding service and care to Wolverhampton citezens came to an end at the Royal on May 27th 1997.
Another great institution lost in the name of progress.