Abandoned Scottish Hospital
By Rebecca Drew
WOULD you like to be treated here?
Eerie images taken by a former psychiatric nurse have revealed the rotting remains of an abandoned fever isolation hospital in Scotland.
The collection of haunting pictures show how vandals have taken over the peeling walls of Thornton Fever Hospital with graffiti and how mother nature has started to reclaim what was once hers with overgrown ivy dominating the outside walls.One picture even shows a broken wooden crutch propped up against a fireplace.
Other images of the medical facilities in Fife, show how the floors and roof of the building have started to cave in, leaving debris scattered. Another image shows a once sanitised tiled corridor growing moss with a forgotten pushchair lying on the floor.
The spooky shots were taken by photographer and former mental health nurse, Iain McGregor (52) from Falkirk, Scotland. Iain used his Canon 5D camera, a brand he has used for six years to capture the decaying building.
“My photos are mainly of the interior which is obviously in a derelict state with evidence of decay, erosion, vandalism and graffiti,” said Iain.
“My main aim is to provide an image that looks interesting to others, one that conveys a grim and occasionally striking alternative to the ‘normal’ places we are accustomed to seeing in our everyday existence.
“Abandoned items in the wards provide a human element and remind us that people once stayed here.
“As an ex-nurse I thought that my perspective on the place might be different.”
The Thornton Fever Hospital originally opened in 1902 as an isolation unit for those suffering from meningitis, scarlet fever and typhoid. It was later used as a mental health hospital before it officially closed in 1967.
The hospital reopened in the seventies as a school for boys with social and mental disorders.
“I like the grittiness of the finished images and the messages they can convey,” added Iain.
“I realise they’re not everybody’s cup of tea, but as they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
“The images show this hospital which was once a place of sanctuary lying abandoned.
“The ghostly silence descends to hasten the decay and the atmosphere seems to change and take on a nightmarish tone.”
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