St Martin's VAD Hospital, Parabola Road, Cheltenham

Location: "Eversleigh", Parabola Road Grid Reference:   SO 944222
Opened:   23rd June 1915 Closed:   7th March 1919
Beds:   40 Average Resident Patients in 1918:   31

Total Admissions:   690

UKNIWM Ref:  In due course
From September 1918 the hospital was moved to and situated at Lisle House, Clarence Square, Cheltenham until closure in March 1919.
The hospital was staffed by No 68 Gloucestershire Voluntary Aid Detachment and its officers were:

Commandant:   Miss Donald

Medical Officers:   Dr Grace S Billings

Lady Superintendent:   Miss Wintle, ARRC

Quartermaster:   Miss G Gilliatt

Hon Secretary and Treasurer:   Miss L Green

Notes by the Commandant.   St Martin's Hospital was opened in June 1915 at Eversleigh, Parabola Road, Bayshill, with accommodation for 40 patients.   It was entirely staffed by former pupils of the Ladies' College, Cheltenham.   At first it was only intended to be a convalescent hospital, but in a very short time this was altered and patients came direct from the front the same as to all the other hospitals in the town.   The staff consisted of the Medical Officer, Commandant, Lady Superintendent, Night Sister, six to eight V.A.D. Nurses, Housekeeper, Hon. Treasurer, Quartermaster, and Assistant Quartermaster, three Cooks and two or three pantry maids, and practically the whole of this detachment worked full time throughout.   In September 1918, St Martin's was moved to Lisle House, Clarence Square, kindly lent by Mrs James Winterbotham, as the owner of Eversleigh wished to use it for other purposes.   In many ways the new hospital was better; though not actually taking more patients there was far more space, especially in the Quartermaster's premises, and the lift from the kitchen to the dining room proved an inestimable boon, as did also the big shady garden.

 

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