St Albans V.A.D. Hospital
Bricket House, Bricket Road, St Albans, Herts
Medical dates:

Medical character:
1914 - 1918

Convalescent (military)
In December 1914 Bricket House, a large mansion rented from the Revd P. Deedes, was taken over by the War Office for use as a field hospital.  It was run by the St Albans branch of the British Red Cross Society.

In March 1915 it became the St Albans V.A.D. Hospital, an auxiliary military hospital with 35 beds for sick and wounded soldiers.  It was affiliated to the Napsbury (County of Middlesex) War Hospital.

The Hospital was run by Mrs L. Boycott, of Gompards House, St Albans, who was responsible for the nursing and household staff, drawn from the Herts/38 Voluntary Aid Detachment (V.A.D.).

By 1917 the Hospital had 40 beds.

It closed in 1918.  During its operational lifetime, some 2,298 patients had received treatment.

After the war the Demobilisation Committee of the Herts Branch of the British Red Cross Society sold off the equipment for £777 8s 6d (£777.42).

However, the work of the V.A.D. was not yet done as the Herts Branch pioneered the opening of orthopaedic clinics to provide continuing physiotherapy for ex-servicemen.

The first Orthopaedic Clinic opened in the stables of Bricket House, with the Herts/38 in attendance and doing clerical work.  At first on-going care for discharged servicemen was provided, then later massage and electrical treatments for cripples and children.

The Clinic closed in 1948 at the advent of the NHS.

Present status (July 2011)

The stables remained in use as an Orthopaedic Clinic while Bricket House became a private nursing home until after WW2.  It may then have become a maternity annexe to St Albans City Hospital until the introduction of the NHS.

The building burnt down in 1983 and its site is now occupied by an office development for the global firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

10 Bricket Road
Looking north up Bricket Road.

10 Bricket Road
The western entrance to No. 10 Bricket Road.

10 Bricket Road
The northeastern entrance to the office block.

References (Accessed 26th October 2013)

(Author unstated) 1915 Summary of work since the outbreak of war to date.  London, British Red Cross Society.

(Author unstated) 1917 List of the various hospitals treating military cases in the United Kingdom.  London, H.M.S.O.

Carrington B 1995 Care in Crisis.  Hertfordshire British Red Cross 1907-1994.  Towcester, Baron Birch for Quotes Ltd.


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