The early days of Eastbourne’s DGH hospital

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Our trip down Memory Lane looking at the construction and early days of Eastbourne DGH has prompted readers to send in their memories of the Kings Drive hospital.

Colin Schiraldi contacted us to tell us he was on the construction side for two years doing the electrical installations.

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He said, “My main areas were the theatres, X-ray and outpatients, but did smaller projects throughout the clinical area.

“We installed 13 miles of cables in the operating theatre area and I think 23 miles in the X-ray department.

“I am still friends with fellow electricians, Dave Aston, Mick Ganley and Ian Butters. Dave was the electrical foreman for the industrial zone which consisted of the laundry, central sterile department, boiler and plant rooms.

“It was a fascinating place to work in because of the variety of work.

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“I eventually transferred to hospital staff upon completion of construction.”

The DGH opened in 1976 and was officially opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra.

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