Hounslow Hospital: What It Means To You
16mm film Colour Silent c.1942 21:22
Summary: A wartime film showing the work of Hounslow Hospital and soliciting for funds.
Title number: 422
Description: The film begins with shots of the exterior of Hounslow Hospital and its grounds, with some evidence of wartime protection measures, including a thick brick wall in front of the main door. An ambulance arrives and a wounded man is removed on a stretcher and taken inside. Nurses attend to the man, replacing bandages to his head and securing his injured leg. Elsewhere in the hospital a surgeon receives a note to deal with patient with acute appendicitis, he scrubs up and goes to the operating theatre where he dresses for surgery. The female patient is anaesthetized, and the surgeon makes his incision assisted by nurses. The wound is sealed and a blood sample is taken. A factory worker with an injured eye is examined and treated. A woman has her arm x-rayed revealing a break. Her arm is set in plaster of Paris. Some burns victims are filmed in beds outside the hospital, their arms wrapped in a protective balloon. Some female patients enjoy tea and sandwiches outside, while injured children eat biscuits inside. The massage department gives assistance to a man, working on his leg. The film then tries to show what financial contributions from the audience can do - showing a waiting room, a dispensary, physiotherapy, and an iron lung. The Mayor and Mayoress arrive at the hospital for a formal visit and meet some of the staff, before touring the wards and greeting patients. The film ends with an appeal for funds and views of a nurse in uniform collecting money on the street on Hospitals Day, giving donors a paper flower to pin to their lapels.
Keywords: Hospitals; Second World War (1939-1945)
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Hounslow