Hospital through time

Mike Hitches, nurse, historian and writer, with his newly published book, Scarborough Through Time. He lives in Hallam Close Filey, and works on Johnson ward at Bridlington hospital. Picture by Andrew Higgins  114257h  21/10/11
Mike Hitches, nurse, historian and writer, with his newly published book, Scarborough Through Time. He lives in Hallam Close Filey, and works on Johnson ward at Bridlington hospital. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114257h 21/10/11

A BRIDLINGTON nurse has delved into the past to write a book about Scarborough Hospital and is planning to pen another about Bridlington Hospital.

Mike Hitches, who works as a Staff Nurse on Johnson Ward at Bridlington Hospital, has written a book entitled ‘Scarborough Through Time’ which he has dedicated to his colleagues at Scarborough and Bridlington Hospitals.

The book features a selection of photographs and traces some of the many ways in which Scarborough has changed and developed since the last century.

It includes images of Scarborough Hospital, past and present, as well as images from the hospital’s official opening ceremony which took place 75 years ago, this Sunday.

Mike, who lives in Filey, explained: “This book has taken a long time to pull together, I was originally approached by the publishers in 2009 however, I have very much enjoyed researching it.

“I have got to meet some great people and to see places that I wouldn’t normally have thought to go.

“I have worked at the Trust for seven years, both at Scarborough and Bridlington Hospitals, and I really enjoyed looking at photos from the Trust’s archive.”

“I will be starting work on ‘Bridlington Through Time’ next year so if anyone has any pictures of old Bridlington I would love to see them.”

‘Scarborough Through Time’ is Mike’s 27th book to be published.

A copy is available in Scarborough Library and the library at Scarborough Hospital.