St. Luke's Hospital (Ridleybank)
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St. Luke's is a large red-brick hospital with black crosses painted across its doors, in the Southeast quarter of the Ridleybank suburb.
St. Luke's hospital was founded as "St. Agrippina of Mineo's Hospice of Mercy" by a protestant movement in the early days of the 17th century, following the devastating outbreak of plague in England during 1563. Its initial mandate was to treat the local population's regular outbreaks of various diseases: typhus, cholera, influenza and plague. Ridleybank's long association with slaughterhouses, tanneries, stockyards and the crowded tenements meant that the sisters and associated doctors had a ready supply of patients, usually to the point of overcrowding.
As the Industrial Revolution took hold in England, the area grew and the local industry changed from butchery to carpentry. Ridleybank underwent a subtle change as more wealth flowed into the then township and the growing village making several improvements to sanitation, leading to a general improvement in health for the townspeople. Changing with the town, St. Agrippina's was expanded into a teaching hospital with a small college added alongside the main building. With the addition came a renaming from St. Agrippina's to St. Luke's, the invocation of the new saint of physicians, surgeons, students, and butchers being seen as propitious (if rather late).
By the early 20th century, St. Luke's had expanded itself into a reasonably-sized hospital of modern equipment and thought, although its further growth was limited by the aging buildings and the crowded local neighborhood. Some attempts were made to buy up the surrounding lands in an effort to grow the freehold, however many residents refused to sell, citing the proximity to a hospital being beneficial. This contentious issue was resolved late into WWII, with the brief bombing of Malton by German aircraft resulting much of the hospital and the surrounding blocks being reduced to rubble. In the aftermath of the war, the Malton government made quick strides to appropriate the now-available lands and, as a economic effort, instituted the rebuilding of St. Luke's as a modern facility.
In present times, St. Luke's was a large and active hospital, although its teaching complement had primarily moved onto the newer, purpose-built hospitals of Adalbert and Eugene. Its aging infrastructure meant that it was not likely to remain open for more than a decade longer, and the Ridleybank council had begun requesting submissions from developers to new uses of the land and the extensive open areas surrounding the freehold.
For survivors, this Hospital is a tactical resource point and so normal barricade levels should remain at VSB+2 at all times.
For zombies, this hospital should be treated like any other building and kept at Open at all times, in conformance with the RRF's building code.
During the summer of 2009, St. Luke's status flip-flopped between ownership by the local zombies and various groups that made inroads on Ridleybank. Generally it remained in the hands of survivors for a few days and then was lost to the resident horde for a few weeks.
See the danger report for present status.
|Malton Hospitals Group|
|This hospital is currently not registered with MHG. If you want to run it, go ahead, but please register.|
18 June 2009 - St. Luke's is now open for all zombies requiring medical assistance. Paradeadics are present and can aid both zombies and survivors in easing any pains they may be suffering. Gur'mrgle 23:47, 18 June 2009 (BST)
15 October 2008 - St. Luke's Hospital is up, for anyone who is interested in coming. We need to hold this building if any progress is to be made in fighting the RRF. Apocalyptic doom 18:29, 15 October 2008 (BST)
16 Sep 2006 - Said zombie returned, none to pleased by her home being taken over by harmanz, and has begun attacking the hospital's living inhabitants.
- Update: Harmanz evicted with the help of ferals.
13 May 2006 - Claimed as the home of a certain zombie (Said zombie has since left, due to hunger, but returns on occasion)
18 April 2006 - In zombie hands, it will be taken back though!!!
11 October 2005 - St Luke's Hospital was identified as a target of The Ridleybank Resistance Front, a zombie group that claims control of Ridleybank.
Unknown - This location was an area of intense fighting between The Ridleybank Resistance Front and The Stanbury Renegades.