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Photographer recalls hospital haunting

A regional daily photographer has recalled spooky goings-on at the hospital where he used to work.

Simon Deacon, deputy picture editor at the Burton Mail, spent 10 years working as a hospital porter at the former Burton General Hospital.

Simon has recalled his time working night shifts at the hospital, which was built during the Second World War, in a piece for the Mail in the run-up to Halloween, which is today.

The hospital was demolished to make way for a development of flats in the 1990s.


Said Simon: “I worked a 10pm until 6am shift, and a big part of our job was security – so I had to go round and lock-up the hospital, leaving A&E as the only way in.

“I remember one night, going through the old maid’s corridor collecting files, having locked up hours before, I was surprised to hear the sounds of a party in full swing.

“I knocked on the door to see how long they planned to be there and everything fell silent.”

Simon also recalled other members of staff saying that they had seen figures in the old conservatory and heard footsteps in the maid’s corridor.