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Protest at former hospital site
Standish Hospital
The future of the site is uncertain
A protest has taken place at a defunct Gloucestershire hospital which closed more than a year ago.

The entire facility at Standish Hospital near Stroud was relocated to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in 2004.

Local residents, who spent years trying to keep the historic hospital open, say they want it to reopen as a community facility.

The building, formerly a stately home, was given to the Red Cross a century ago and used as a military hospital.

More recently, it specialised in orthopaedics, rheumatology and respiratory care.

Saturday's protest by the Standish Mutual Care Trust (SMC), attracted more than 30 local people hoping to show the government the importance of the site to the community.

The SMC hope to lease the 31-acre site from the Department of Health and bring in at least 14 different companies and not-for-profit organisations to operate services there.

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