By Dave Lydon
Came across this website whilst searching about my nurse training 1982-85. I was a student nurse who did 3 months or so attachment at HillEnd Hospital in 1983-84. Also, I worked as an Occupational Health nurse on the site (for staff) in 1986. I recall the Adolescent Unit since as a student we were not allowed unsupervised or unannounced visits to the secure ward. As I recall it was a separate building in the grounds away from the main wards. The reason we were nor allowed access was apparently, strangers would upset the patients and the “structure” of their treatment. I do recall talk of the “circle” and group sessions. It may have been rumour among students but I recall something about play”fights” with pillows or between staff and patients? As I say I never saw that but heard that it happened. The impression amongst students was that it was all very secretive and a bit of a mystery concerning what went on in the Unit.