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Staff bid farewell to hospital
Loughborough's Baxtergate Hospital
The hospital will be replaced by a modern facility nearby
A hospital with a 140-year history is closing its doors for the final time.

Loughborough General Hospital's site on Baxtergate in Loughborough, Leicestershire, had only 24 beds when it first opened in 1862.

It is being replaced by a modern facility on Epinal Way in the town.

Hospital manager Chris Lyon said: "It only had two storeys when it opened, but after World War I it had another two stories added.

Loads of memories

"The hospital does not fulfil our needs anymore, but rather than spend a lot of money to bring it into line with current NHS standards it is easier to build a new building."

Sister Janet Ingle, a staff member who started working at the hospital in 1967, said: "I am sure a lot of former patients and staff will be sad to see it shut."

"It has been a great place to work but we are very excited about moving to a new location."

Sister Ingle, who gave birth to her two sons at the hospital, said it holds a lot of memories for thousands of people.


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