7 rare photos as we look back at the Ingham Infirmary in South Shields - and the super staff who worked there

Rare reminders of Ingham Infirmary – once dubbed the ‘cottage hospital where you knew everyone ‘ – have been shared with the Shields Gazette.

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 7:00 am
1950s memories of the Ingham Infirmary.
1950s memories of the Ingham Infirmary.

A selection of images comes to us courtesy of Fietscher Fotos of South Shields and they show some of the nursing heroes who helped patients around 60 years ago.

Our thanks go to Fietscher Fotos (which was the name of Freddie Mudditt’s photography studio) and show images which were taken at a time when Freddie had an extended stay in the hospital.

His daughter Julia Northam, who runs the ‘Fietscher Fotos of South Shields & surrounding areas’ Facebook page,said her father had ‘a long stay in the Ingham Infirmary from November 7 until December 8 in 1959, And dad being dad....his camera went in too.”

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Gathering up the plates after the lunch service. Photo: Freddie Muddit (Fietscher Fotos)

The excellent nursing teams were pictured doing the job they loved.

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Top-level care from these nurses in 1959. Photo: Freddie Muddit (Fietscher Fotos)
Providing a vital service at the Ingham Infirmary. Photo: Freddie Muddit (Fietscher Fotos)
Nurses during their work shift at Ingham Infirmary. Photo: Freddie Muddit (Fietscher Fotos)
On the rounds at mealtime. Photo: Freddie Muddit (Fietscher Fotos)
Taking time to have a photo taken. Photo: Freddie Muddit (Fietscher Fotos)
A photo of Freddie Mudditt.
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