Saturday, 29 May 2010

Pontefract General Infirmary: An Impression


PONTEFRACT GENERAL INFIRMARY:AN IMPRESSION
In the centre of the town
by the main east-west road
it stands;
Victorian-looking at the front
but very modern at the back
by Mayor's Walk and Friarwood
stretching from the Valley Gardens
to the nurseries where liquorice was cultivated
but not any more.

Inside - a mass of corridors,
lifts to the fourth floor and fifth basement,
maternity wards, children's wards, Casualty ward,
offices and kitchens,
X-ray units,
Out-patients'.

A constant hubbub of people surround the walls,
doctors, nurses, matron, specialists,
ambulance-men, office-staff, cleaners and caterers,
radiographers, pathologists, and of course
there are patients as well.
© GERALD ENGLAND

Composed: Glasgow, 17th July 1967

Publication

1968 Manifold (UK)

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