Memories of Kirkbymoorside Hospital


Tony visits Ryedale Folk Museum to see some photographs from the collection and recalls his memories of time spent at the Yorkshire Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital in Kirkbymoorside. His memories were aided by the book ‘Adela Shaw and the Yorkshire Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital – Kirkbymoorside’ written and compiled by Kirkbymoorside History Group 2010.

Watch more videos by the Ryedale Historian based at the Ryedale Folk Museum.

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13 Responses to Memories of Kirkbymoorside Hospital

  1. Ron Flatt rhflatt@live.com July 25, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    My name is Ron Flatt and I was a patient in the Adela Shaw orthopaedic hospital in the late forties and early fifties in Kirbymoorside I remember so well Dr Crocket and Dr Adamson Mr Metcalfe the ambulance driver and Godfrey who made the frames and calipers for the patients I was on a frame for a long time then I was put into plaster and finally Godfrey made me a leather and steel cast which allowed us to be able to walk without any movement in the hip joint , I had Tb in my right hip I bought both your books on the hospital and it brought back some wonderful memories of a very good hospital and absolutely marvellous people who took care of us Thank you so much I intend to visit the folk museum soon to look through all the old photographs My kind regards to you all Ron Flatt

    • Louise August 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

      Great to hear from you and good to hear that you enjoyed our books. I hope you found what you were looking for at the Ryedale Folk Museum. We are in the process of putting together another book of memories from staff and patients alike and will let you know when it is ready.

      All the best Louise KHG

    • Jeffrey Jaques (Morley) May 10, 2015 at 10:32 am #

      I was born with Arthogryposis and was looked after here for quite a few years. From (1960-1963)I remember the surgeon who operated on me as a Mr Marshall then a younger surgeon with more modern ideas Mr Quinlan.

      I might be looking at the world through rose tinted spectacles here but I cannot remember any bad nurses or staff. I am sure that even as a child I would have remembered any cruelty.

      I also remember a patient named Pattsy Lyons (not sure of the spelling). She always borrowed my teddy bear and often wonder what became of her.

    • Michelle Diaz April 13, 2016 at 10:26 pm #

      what year where you there? My mum, who has sadly died now, was there in late 40s

  2. Julie Johnson June 2, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    My late mother did her Orthopaedic Nurse training in the mid thirties at Kirbymoorside Y.O.C. Hospital. I have a couple of photos similar to the ones already shown. She went on to nurse for all her working life and used to talk about brushing the snow from the bed covers as T.B. was nursed in the open air veranda whatever the weather. Her name then was Isabel Carter and her Aunt was a popular District Nurse there, Nora Garness. They both spoke fondly of their time there. I am now going to buy the book. What a great and happy find for me!

  3. chrissy April 8, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

    A gentlman I know spent 3 years in there came out 45 46….. With his friend Bart who was in there for 7 years who s dad was a miner in Barnsley. x

    • Louise April 10, 2015 at 10:25 am #

      A lot of families from South Yorkshire had to make the long trip up to Kirbymooride Hospital. It must have been so hard to get up here in those days, not like today when everyone has at least one car they can use!

    • Chrissy November 1, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

      The gentleman i was inquirng for was a Ron Maddison he was in there as a child and had a friend called Bart Shirt …i believe he had an accident which evenually lead to his leg being removed

      chrissy pbear2009@pbear2009.karoo.co.uk

  4. Jim Rivis April 12, 2015 at 1:12 am #

    Didn’t the h children’s hospital become an adult facility eventually ? Seems like I last saw my grandfather, Harry Rivis there, following his stroke. He was unable to speak by then. That would be 1958, I believe.

    • Louise April 22, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

      Hi Jim yes the Adela Shaw did become a hospital for more than just children by the 1950s. They did all kinds of minor ops as well, such as tonsils

  5. ian carter April 15, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

    great clip, I never realised the hospital existed. hope to get over to the museum this year as its been a while, though I get to Kirkbymoorside, Wombleton et al when I can. My family name is still in KM tho as the ‘Christopher Carter’ sign is still prominently placed over Piercy End.
    Slightly off topic and off target! but was your grandad ‘Edmund Harry Rivis’ Jim, your mam ‘Elma’?

  6. Jim Rivis April 16, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

    Right you are, Ian. Mu mum is Elma Rivis (m. Elma Wright). Are you related to Isabella Carter b 1843 d 1912 m 1862 G Rivis, moved to Helmsley ? I think George was the miller at Helmsley. How did you know of my mother and I ?

  7. Rosemary Pearman October 1, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

    My mum Brenda Bakes (nee Ellarby), was a patient there in the late 40s and as a singer, she was encouraged to take part during a broadcast of The BBC’s Children’s Hour, hosted by Hugh Morton and she sang Oh Shenandor, whilst Violet Carson played the piano.

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