Barnes Convalescent Hospital

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  • Reference
      GB 133 MMC/9/43
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 J b 2 xiv
  • Dates of Creation
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Administrative / Biographical History

In 1869 Robert Barnes made a gift of £10,000 to the Manchester Infirmary for the purpose of building a convalescent hospital. Arrangements were made to rent the house and land at Cheadle Hall, Cheadle, and by November eleven patients had been transferred there. An additional donation from Barnes, and a large donation from Humphrey Nicholls enabled the purchase of land and the building of a new hospital. The Home was named the Barnes Convalescent Home, and the new buildings opened in 1875. By the 1920s the Home had come to be used as a relief hospital for MRI as much as for convalescence and gradually became known as Barnes Convalescent Hospital. It ran at a loss, but this was underwritten by MRI. There were few major changes at the hospital until 1932, when the creation of a department of orthopaedics at the Infirmary encouraged the development of occupational therapy at Barnes. The physiotherapy department grew significantly, but the number of general beds was reduced. Barnes rose in importance due to this emphasis on occupational therapy and changed its name to Barnes Hospital. After the War, Barnes became more active in giving further treatment to patients transferred from MRI. With the NHS, Barnes also took acute cases until 1982. From the 1960s the active work of the Hospital lessened, and the number of geriatric patients increased. From 1993 Barnes became a geriatric hospital, and closed in 1999. It has since been redeveloped as residential accommodation.