Hospital Ghosts and Hauntings

 
 


Monk

Location: Abbots Langley (Hertfordshire) - Private home built on site of Leavesden Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: Certain newspapers in the national press reported that Manuel Almunia, goalkeeper for Arsenal, lived in a house haunted by a monk-like figure holding a candle. The building was constructed on the site of a former asylum.


 
 


Elderly Man

Location: Bangor (Gwynedd) - Ysbyty Gwynedd (hospital)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wearing a brown dressing gown, this elderly man was seen stepping into lift 3. The lift doors had just closed as the witness reached the lift, but they pressed the call button anyway and the doors reopened - the old man had vanished. A phantom ward sister has also been reported on site.


 
 


Sally

Location: Barnsley (Yorkshire) - Barnsley District Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to be built on the site of a poorhouse, the sounds of children wailing can be heard on the Infectious Diseases ward. A ghost nicknamed Sally haunts another area of the hospital and reportedly touches the side of anyone who enters the side room in which she died, while an area of offices is home to a friendly phantom old lady who sits in a rocking chair.


 
 


Nurse

Location: Bath (Somerset) - Bath Royal Mineral Water Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: Said to have committed suicide on the site, this grey phantom nurse has vanished as of late.


 
 


Gliding Girl

Location: Bedford (Bedfordshire) - Bedford Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972, 2010
Further Comments: In 1972 two nurses watched an attractive girl in a long dress and coat glide into a toilet on the south wing of the hospital. They followed, only to find the room empty. The same entity may have been observed 28 years later when three members of staff reported seeing a lady in a long dress walk through the wall of a store room. The Shand Ward is said to be haunted by shuffling footsteps.


 
 


Grey Figure

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre, City Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: During the building's construction, CCTV picked up the image of a strange grey figure - security was sent to the scene, but no one could be found. A ward sister was encountered along a top floor corridor, only visible from the knees upwards. Around the same time, a crew of workers found themselves locked in a room after investigating cries heard from within; once again nothing could be found. A priest was finally summoned to the area.


 
 


Tug

Location: Blackpool (Lancashire) - Victoria Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: While walking a particular ward, a worker felt a tug at her tunic, as if a small child was trying to attract her attention. She turned around but no-one was there. Several staff have shared the same experience at the hospital, including a cleaner who was so unnerved they ran off, leaving their floor polisher running.


 
 


Friendly Spirits

Location: Bodelwyddan (Clwyd) - Glan Clwyd Hospital
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: The hospital was criticised by a watchdog after a patient recovering from an operation complained that a nurse had run down the corridor claiming to have seen a ghost. The nurse had then explained that she was psychic, and only saw 'friendly spirits'.


 
 


Reflection

Location: Bracebridge (Lincolnshire) - St Johnís Hospital (no longer operational)
Type: Other
Date / Time: September 2010
Further Comments: A photograph which was published in the Lincolnshire Echo purported to show a ghostly figure at the window of a discussed hospital, although the image looked suspiciously like a technical fault...


 
 


Sister Geer

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Royal Sussex County Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A member of staff who heard and felt someone invisible walk by was later told it was Sister Geer, a former nurse whose presence had been encountered by other staff on the ward.


 
 


Miner

Location: Burnley (Lancashire) - Victoria Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Having died in the hospital after a mining accident seriously injured many of the pit workers from a nearby colliery, this solitary figure is occasionally reported by staff working the night shift.


 
 


Grey Lady

Location: Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) - St Saviour's Hospital (ruins), and Tesco store, Fornham Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1954 (hospital), and early - mid 2000s (Tesco)
Further Comments: This grey lady was seen within the ruined hospital several times during the mid twentieth century. More recently, poltergeist-like activity has been reported at the adjoining Tesco store's canteen, with some people speculating that the Grey Lady may have returned.


 
 


Small Girl

Location: Caistor (Lincolnshire) - Psychiatric hospital (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: This hospital may no longer be operational, but still reports of a phantom young girl with blonde hair emerge from the site.


 
 


Drug Induced Ghost

Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - Addenbrookes Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The story is that a ghost appears to those who are being administrated morphine; the psychological effects of the drug would appear to be ignored in this tale...


 
 


Matron

Location: Cardiff (South Glamorgan) - Cardiff Royal Infirmary Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Several ghost stories have been reported from this hospital. A plumber observed a matron in old fashioned clothing and bonnet who vanished without warning. A local legend says that if the woman in grey offers you a drink, do not take it, otherwise you shall die within a week.


 
 


Nurse

Location: Cardiff (South Glamorgan) - Llandough Hospital
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: Manifestation of the living unknown, nurse in uniform December 2002
Further Comments: A member of the nursing staff told her friend that she had seen her own dead body lying on a bed - a week later she died of typhoid fever, her body placed in the location revealed in the vision. It is not clear whether the nurse who experienced this continued to haunt the hospital, but in 2002 a pregnant woman awoke in the hospital and found a nurse at the end of her bed. The nurse told her that everything would be okay and walked out. The woman then realised the nurse was wearing an old fashioned uniform with a Victorian nursing hat.


 
 


Turning Key

Location: Chepstow (Gwent) - Welsh Burns Unit (hospital)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A nurse at this facility reported seeing a key turn in the lock of a glass door - no one could be seen on the other side.


 
 


Moving Beds

Location: Chester (Cheshire) - Old City Hospital (closed 1991)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1991 (noises) and man in brown in 1976
Further Comments: A former member of staff at the site and a colleague heard beds being moved in the ward above them, then realised the floor above was closed and empty. Another time the worker and another person heard voices and footsteps emerging from another empty ward. A man dressed in a brown suit was seen visiting his mother in 1976, although this woman later said her son had died years earlier.


 
 


Monk's Footsteps

Location: Chichester (Sussex) - Graylingwell Hospital, the well contained on the grounds
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown (footsteps), figure seen 1980s
Further Comments: The grounds around the well are reportedly haunted by the sounds of a monk walking around in his sandals. During the 1980s a builder was closing up the area where he was working, ensuring no one was on site and locking all doors and windows. As he walked out of the area, he spotted a figure walking within.


 
 


Grey lady

Location: Chichester (Sussex) - Sherburne Hospital, Broyle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: This spectral aging woman, dressed in grey clothing, was called a good luck charm as twenty percent of the hospital's nurses became pregnant within a few months of the sightings.


 
 


Footsteps

Location: Chorley (Lancashire) - Chorley Hospital
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1968
Further Comments: Phantom footsteps and the sounds of doors opening and slamming brought staff running in the maternity wing, just in time to discover and save a baby from suffocation.


 
 


Waiting Figure

Location: Cinderford (Gloucestershire) - Bus stop outside Dilke Hospital (Dilke side of the road)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010, 00:30h, and again 12 February 2012, 19:00h
Further Comments: A driver spotted a figure standing at the bus stop - knowing that there was no bus due, the driver stopped to offer the figure a lift, but on doing so, no one was in sight. Eighteen months later, the driver once again drove by the bus stop to once again see a figure standing there. The driver stopped, but the figure was nowhere to be seen.


 
 


The Flincher

Location: Cliveden (Buckinghamshire) - Cliveden Canadian War Memorial Hospital (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Dates unknown, but was most common on Mondays
Further Comments: Several shades were said to haunt this building, including a one legged soldier who roamed the north end of the main corridor (the ghost made babies cry if he appeared in the maternity ward), and an entity known as 'The Flincher' who had been seen in the southern part of the hospital. This ghost had chased people out of the building with a crash and a loud shriek.


 
 


Living Old Woman

Location: Colchester (Essex) - Colchester Hospital, Ward Eight
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The doppelganger of an old woman in bed was spotted within the hospital.


 
 


Nun Handing Out Toffee

Location: Colchester (Essex) - Essex Country Hospital, Children's Ward
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An interesting story, one gentleman has recalled as a child he was visited by a nun one evening, who offered him a toffee. Taking and eating the sweet, he watched as she faded from view a few seconds later.


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