IMAGES from the early years of Pembrokeshire’s general hospital have surfaced from the collection of a Western Telegraph reader.

John Weller, a volunteer for the Pembrokeshire Talking Newspaper shared these photographs of the early days of Withybush Hospital, dated to 1951.

In its earliest form, Withybush Hospital was made up of a series of quickly-built Nissen huts, temporary structures which were built around 1942 to cope with the influx of wounded soldiers during the Second World War.

At the time, Pembrokeshire was served by the County Hospital on St Thomas Green in Haverfordwest, as well as long-term care hospitals like Kensington Hospital at St Brides.

Mr Weller’s wife worked at the hospital for many years, and remembers the early days of the hospital.

Her photographs show members of staff from these early years standing on the lawns outside the temporary buildings, just six years after the end of the war.

The current Withybush Hospital was built between 1973 and 1978, and it was officially opened on June 15, 1979.

Do you recognise yourself or members of your family in the pictures? Do you have others showing the early days of Withybush Hospital in the 1960s and 70s?

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