This is Your Hospital
16mm film Black & White Sound 1963 18:45
Summary: An introduction to Warlingham Park Psychiatric Hospital in the Croydon area.
Title number: 923
LSA ID: LSA/1232
Description: The film illustrates the communal environment of the Hospital and is addressed to new patients as an introduction to the hospital's social life. It explicitly refrains from showing any medical forms of treatment, and stresses the institution's character as a place of work and community. It also encourages patients to take part in their own recovery by doing things and meeting people, suggesting that they try new occupations and not only rest while at the hospital, but also engage with the activities available on site. It suggests that patients seek out the available facilities and use them and that better health will come to them, not least, through the social life of the hospital. The film begins with a new patient arriving at the hospital in a private ambulance and being transported to a ward, her
Credits: Producer: Frank W. Pigram; Filmed by: Frank W. Pigram
Further information: Warlingham Park Hospital was a psychiatric hospital in Warlingham, Surrey. The hospital closed in February 1999 with the site being redevloped as a housing estate called 'Greatpark'. The only surviving part of the hospital buildings is the water tower with its distinctive clock, seen many times in this film.
Keywords: Psychiatric hospitals
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Croydon; Surrey; Warlingham