Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Location - Saskatchewan Hospital
Saskatchewan's first mental hospital was opened in North Battleford in February, 1914. By May the Saskatchewan Hospital, North Battleford, was 'one of the most modern on the American Continent,' and had 325 patients. The Saskatchewan government had originally intended to limit the accommodation to 800 patients, but by 1919 the hospital had become so overcrowded that a decision was made to open a second institution in Weyburn. The Saskatchewan Hospital, Weyburn opened in December, 1921.
By 1929, with approximately 1,000 patients in each institution, the overcrowding became deplorable. Patients were deteriorated and unclean. The only clothing they wore were strong dresses made of canvas. They slept on beds sometimes two to a bed, sometimes the odd one under a bed.
To be continued ...