Memories of Scaffold Hill Isolation Hospital

They brought a bowl of water to your bed every day so you could get washed

In 1934 all 5 of the Chrisp children were sent to the Isolation Hospital at the Rising Sun with Scarlet Fever.  It was our older sister Edith who caught it first, she was 13.  Then John (7) and Joan (4) caught it at the same time. Next was Lena who was 5 and finally 10-year-old Anne.

We were each in hospital for 5-6 weeks. Once we’d got over the worst of it we quite enjoyed it.  The food was good and the nurses were nice (although there was one strict one and everyone jumped when she spoke). They brought a bowl of water to your bed every day so you could get washed.

Our parents came to the railings and waved at us. Dad came every day on his bike on the way home from his shift at Seghill Pit. It was harder for Mam to come over – we were living in Seaton Sluice at the time.

Anne was still in the Isolation Hospital at Christmas.  There was a tree but no presents and no visitors as there was no transport on Christmas Day. I finally got out on New Year’s Eve and got my present then – a hat and scarf.

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