Last updated: 11.22am, Wednesday 21st September 2016
We are seeking former employees of the Cleaver Hospital to come and attend a special cheese and wine reunion evening. Do you know someone who used to work there? Did you work there? Read on...
The Cleaver Hospital, on the west coast of the Wirral Peninsula, is remembered with great fondness as a hospital which treated local patients for more than 80 years, during which it played a role in the Second World War.
Originally called the West Derby, Liverpool and Toxteth Park Hospital and opening in 1902, it became known as the Cleaver Sanatorium - named after Mr HP Cleaver who was the inspiration behind the hospital’s construction. For 17 years, between 1913 and 1930, it was a children’s hospital until they were forced to evacuate to North Wales, due to the outbreak of the Second World War, at which point adults were then admitted.
The Home Guard – a defence organisation of the British Army and The Fire Service – used the hospital during the war. In 1950, the hospital was re-named Cleaver Hospital and in the 1960s a chapel was attached it and a hospital school was also based there for some years.
As the Cleaver Hospital was a sanatorium - a medical facility for long-term illness, most typically tuberculosis – its location on the edge of the River Dee where the air was reputed to be pure, is said to have helped to restore the health of the TB patients.
The Cleaver Hospital continued to service the local community for more than 30 years before its closure in 1983, following the opening of Arrowe Park Hospital in Upton. It remained without purpose for five years before the land was sold in 1988 for £2.5million.
The hospital was demolished and the Oldfield Gardens estate was built on the site, however, the remaining nurses’ accommodation was opened as Cleaver Residential Home in 1989, before it also closed, sometime in the Noughties.
Now The Hazelwell, is a residential, nursing, palliative and respite care home, built to an exceptionally high standard. Our 55 elegantly appointed bedrooms all have en-suite bathrooms and our leisure facilities include a cinema, salon and nail bar, gym, library and a stunning rooftop terrace with views over the River Dee.
The new facility is managed by Wirral-born Liza Millington, a fully qualified nurse with more than 30 years of experience, who said: “The site The Hazelwell now sits on obviously used to be home to the nurses’ home of the Cleaver Hospital, and having lived in the Wirral my whole life, I know how well thought of the hospital was. I remember it being a big part of the town’s heritage and it was very sad when it closed.
“I believe there are many nurses that used to work at the Cleaver Hospital still based in the Wirral so we thought it would be a great idea to get all former employees together under one roof for a lovely reunion evening with cheese and wine to swap old stories and catch up. It would be the first time they have all met up in 33 years.
“The Hazelwell has had millions of pounds spent on it and has been turned into a truly magnificent and beautiful care home. I’m sure the nurses that used to work here would find it fascinating to see what building looks like inside now so it would be fantastic to show them around. I’m sure they will love the incredible rooftop terrace!”
Any former employees of the Cleaver Hospital who would like to register their interest in the reunion evening can call Liza on 0151 342 9654 or email firstname.lastname@example.org