Unit History: BMH Catterick
The Duchess of Kent Military Hospital (DKMH Catterick) in Yorkshire was a large army hospital and training facility for pupil nurses (SEN - State Enrolled Nurse) and ward stewardess’ (later called health care assistants).
DKMH Catterick opened on the 6 October 1976 and replaced an old hutted hospital from the pre World War Two era.
This new Duchess of Kent Military Hospital cost ?3 million to build. It closed on the 1 July 1999 after a review of the Army Medical Services though a psychiatric unit remained which provided 20 in patient beds and an out patient department. No sectioned patients were admitted and these were cared for at NHS secure units. There was another defence review by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in the year 2001 which resulted in the Duchess of Kent’s Psychiatric Unit closing.
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