The functioning of the site as a ‘Military Heart Hospital’ is another subject entirely and an acquaintance is researching this independently.
The following facts, which have been gleaned from ‘Sir Thomas Lewis: Pioneer Cardiologist and Clinical Scientist’ by Arthur Hollmann, are worth including.
Central Hospitals admitted servicemen direct from disembarkation.
In May 1915, King George Hospital (Ilford) became an approved military hospital with 56 beds – together with its neighbour ‘Valentines Mansion’.
Both were affiliated with the Colchester Military Hospital and provided 137 beds (119 of which were for military use).
Also affiliated, in 1917, were 240 beds at Whipps Cross Hospital.
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