What would happen to an already dead flower when it is exposed to a storm? Its very foundation of existence will be shaken up and this is exactly what happens when a place, already full of death and disease, is haunted. A Hospital is the most vulnerable place for engulfing negativity since the building has already witnessed tragic events in the past. Paying a visit to an abandoned hospital or researching about one, is not a good idea if you have a weak heart. However, if you are daring and curious enough, below is a list of the 14 horrifying hospitals from around the world which will provide you with a bone chilling experience. Beware…For terror awaits you!
Severalls Hospital, England
The Severalls Hospital was a psychiatric institute in Colchester, England. It began operating in the year 1913 and up to 2,000 patients inhibited the place at one point of time. It is said that initially, the admission criterion to the hospital was rather distorted since women were admitted to the asylum for being raped or having illegitimate children. Towards the late 1940s, the hospital served to be a place for experiments in mental health treatment and electro- convulsive therapy along with lobotomies were conducted in the hospital. Furthermore, during the World War II, 38 patients were killed from bombing in the women’s ward. The hospital shut down in the year 1997 due to lesser number of admissions.
Old Changi Hospital, Singapore
Built in 1953 and used as a prison camp by the Japanese upon invading Singapore, the Changi hospital is one of the most haunted places of Singapore. The Japanese secret police, Kempeital used to run the hospital at the time of war and used torturous methods against the prisoners. When the war ended, many Japanese soldiers were killed in this hospital. In the year 2010, the hospital was used as a set for filming of a movie. The cast and crew claimed to experience a series of haunted activities which included witnessing an apparition of a lady with a black aura, hearing loud bangs, ghostly voices and being tortured by unseen hands.
Royal Hope Hospital, USA
Royal Hope Hospital used to be a Spanish military hospital from the years 1784 to 1821 before it was demolished. Located in St. Augustine, Florida, during the Seminole War a replica of the original hospital was later built. While repairing some water lines in the area of the old hospital, the workers of St. Augustine discovered that the hospital was built on a Native America Burial grounds. Owing to its ghastly history and the fact of it being constructed on burial grounds, the hospital is considered to be one of the most haunted places in all of Florida. Sounds like a real life horror movie, doesn’t it?
Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, Australia
After functioning for 128 years, The Beechworth Lunatic Asylum was shut down in the year 1995. A number of mysterious disappearances and deaths of inmates were reported from the asylum and more than 9000 inmates died within the walls of this mental hospital. Furthermore, it is said that a young girl was thrown from a high window which ultimately lead to her death. The reason of this is unknown till date. Photographs of the ghost of this young girl haunting the asylum are available on the internet.
Athens Mental Hospital, USA
The death toll of people buried in the grounds of this hospital is over 1900. People died as a result of the lobotomy procedures undertook by them. Even the headstones of the buried have no names, just numbers. The hospital initially used to serve as a calm place for the disturbed and mentally challenged individuals but the state of calm didn’t last long. The asylum became an over populated place where the patients were treated through lobotomy procedures, electro shock therapy and ice cold baths. It was in the year 1993 that the hospital was finally shut down; it is an abandoned site today.
Tranquille Sanatorium, Canada
Earlier a ranch and then converted into a hospital for TB patients in the year 1907, Tranquille Sanatorium in Canada is till date believed to be haunted. The hospital closed its operations in the year 1985. People who visited the property claim to have seen some mysterious floating orbs and paranormal figures inside the hospital and have also heard mysterious voices.
Nocton Hall Hospital, England
According to legend, a maid servant was raped and murdered by the son of the owner of the place when the property was a manor house. Later, the place was turned into a hospital and rumor has it that the ghost of the maid servant haunts one particular room. Many people have claimed to see a ghostly image which appears in the haunted room at 4:30 AM.
Ararat Lunatic Asylum, Australia
The hospital started running in 1867 and from then, a number of 13,000 people have died in the facility. This is a big enough reason for the place to be haunted. Presently, the asylum is not functional however, there is an educational facility provided in the building. As you might have guessed, ghost sightings are reported too often and a haunted tour is given around the facility in which the tour to the morgue is quiet popular.
Sai Ying Pun Psychiatry Hospital, Hong Kong
Built in the year 1892, this hospital is called as the “High Street Ghost House”. It is assumed that during the Second World War, the Japanese soldiers used the hospital as an execution hall. Presently the hospital has been converted into a community hall by the name of Sai Ying Pun Community Complex and a nine- floor building has been constructed on its grounds. Only the granite facade and arched verandah have been preserved.
Taunton State Hospital, USA
The basement of the hospital served to be the perfect platform for certain satanic rituals carried out by the doctors on unwilling patients. The serial killer Jane Toppan used to be one of the patients of this hospital. With its gruesome history and a shadow figure coming out of the basement to watch the patients in the hospital, visiting this place will surely give you the chills.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, USA
First used as a military post during the civil war and then converted into a mental asylum in 1864, hundreds of people have died in this place under unknown circumstances. Even though the asylum was shut down in 1994, you will still feel the presence of some of its former inhabitants.
Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane – Buffalo, New York
Inaugurated in the year 1880 and shut down in 1974, the hospital is haunted by the souls of tortured patients. Even though the hospital began as a means to provide a better living facility to the mentally ill, due to it being overcrowded the patients had to live in appalling conditions.
Greystone Park Psychiatric Center – Parsippany Troy Township, New Jersey
The center began operating in 1876 and had more than 7000 patients by the year 1953. As a result, it was overcrowded and also lacked modern medications which made things worse for the patients. Procedures such as insulin shock therapy and electro shock therapy were used in the hospital which had serious side effects on the health of the patients. The hospital was shut down in the year 2003.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum – Weston, West Virginia
During its 130 year long history, numerous people were locked up in the asylum against their will without any proof of their mental illness. Built for 600 patients, the hospital had more than 2600 people in the premise where patients were often locked up in cages. Amidst such wretchedness, it is not a surprise that till date the hospital continues to be haunted by the tortured souls of its patients.
Perhaps it is true that there is another world that exists apart from our own; Everything cannot be seen.With their dreadful histories and frightening present day paranormal activities, these abandoned hospitals are enough to take away your good nights’ sleep!