Dudley is served by two major NHS health facilities. Dudley Guest Hospital was the first to be constructed however it began as a charity to accommodate blinded local miners in 1849, by the Earl of Dudley The charity did not become popular & the buildings remained empty until 1871. It was taken over by a local chain maker, a certain Mr Joseph Guest, who turned it into a hospital in 1871. As a result of the loss of the Emergency department in 1983 , the hospital has become a less important facility compared with the Russellís Hall Hospital, also in Dudley.
Russellís Hall Hospital was constructed in 1976 but immediate problems meant that it could not open until 1983. A major expansion of the hospital was completed in 2004 finding the downgrading of Wordsley Hospital, Dudley Guest Hospital and Corbett Hospital. Another hospital serving Dudley is Bushey Fields Hospital.
Most of the buildings are due to be retained owing to their historic importance, though some of the less significant structures are set to be demolished, and it has been speculated for some time that houses will be built there, although nothing definite has yet been confirmed.
In 2008, it was used to film Ghost hunting with... and stars from I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! ghost hunted in parts of the hospital, just six months after it closed.
All exterior shots copyright & courtesy of DogRecon from Derelict places who sent me these pics for you to see- the badge is mine.