The Sporting Teams
Apart from the highly qualified Directors and Doctors the hospital was never short of applications for nursing staff. However, in the early days duties were mainly custodial and nursing skills were not called for. Even as late as 1947 only one in four nurses had qualifications.
As early as 1900, the hospital held great store by the morale boosting effect of team sports.
The staff was expected to entertain the patients in this self-contained environment and so often appointments were based on sport, music, acting or singing abilities. An orchestra was formed and gave regular performances with the cricket and football teams competing on sports day.