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Hospital staff's reunion

PUBLISHED: 15:45 21 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

THEIR bedside manner may have had them murmuring in quiet tones - but when staff at the former Tattingstone Hospital gathered for a special reunion the chatter was deafening.

THEIR bedside manner may have had them murmuring in quiet tones – but when staff at the former Tattingstone Hospital gathered for a special reunion the chatter was deafening.

Nearly 60 staff members from kitchen porters to nurses filled Tattingstone Village Hall for a knees up marking the tenth anniversary of the hospital's closure.

"Nobody could hear the music, everybody was chatting away," said Gwen Lynch, one of the reunion organisers.

"It was just like stepping back in time. We have all changed a bit but it felt like we had never the left."

The hospital, which cared for elderly patients, opened in the 1940s in a former workhouse. With five wards and about ten nursing staff on each ward it had a small and close knit working community, she said.

"Most of the staff found other jobs, a lot went to Felixstowe and St Clements. It was really good to see everyone again. We all enjoyed it."

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