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Haunted Hospital In Pretoria

 

I did my nursing training back in 1986 in one of the oldest provincial hospitals in Pretoria. I was told that the wards were spooked at night and that some of the wards and private rooms were haunted by ghosts when darkness fell. I ignored the stories because I didn't want to be scared at work during the night, and on the other hand I didn't believe everything I heard. I worked four nights for the first time in my life in the cancer ward. During that time seven patients died because of the illness. It was the saddest time in my life. Nothing unusual happened during that period. I was relieved, and believed that the haunting stories were not true.

I was booked to work nightshift again, but in the neurological ward. The ward was divided into two sections, female and male section. On the female section there were also three private rooms where there were three patients that were in comas and bedridden due to brain injuries. The female ward with six beds in it was empty.

I was a junior first year nurse working with a senior three year student nurse who was in charge of the ward that night. She told me when we were finished before 10.00p.m. And the patients were settled for the night to go and close the female ward's doors. I did as she asked. At around 2.00a.m we heard sounds of hospital furniture moving around in the empty female ward. I stood up to go and investigate, but my senior told me to ignore the noise and to leave the doors shut until six the morning. She said the ward is haunted and the senior nurses are used to it. When the ward is empty they close the doors because the furniture moves around. At 6a.m. That morning we opened the doors of the female ward, and all the ward furniture was moved to the middle of the ward except for the beds, the curtains around the bedsides was closed around each bed.

The story behind this is unknown. Nobody could tell why this was happening in the female ward when empty. It remains a mystery.

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Trix (14 stories) (407 posts)
 
5 years ago (2013-02-13)
Hi Rosalie, sorry my friend never heard of an old lady ghost in a wheelchair though. There were so many roomers around ghosts around that old hospital that you don't know what to believe or not. I'm sure you know what you saw though. It would be nice if you actually share your experience with us. The hospital I'm talking about is the old HF Verwoerd-the old one that is in a total mess now. Where the Pretoria Academic is now was open field way back then... Take care. Trix. ❤
RosalieRed (1 posts)
 
5 years ago (2013-02-12)
Hi Trix - hope you'll still get this message. I take it the hospital is the Pretoria Academic hospital? I saw what I believe to be a ghost near the hospital some years back (an old lady in a wheelchair) and always wanted to find out more. Did you ever hear any rumours about a ghost like that?
Ghost_Emily (1 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-06-04)
My mother and a lot of our family friends are or used to be nurses, so I've heard a lot of stories about these zany pranks hospital staff members pull on each other. I wouldn't be surprised if what you had there was a traditional joke to spook the newbies.
Trix (14 stories) (407 posts)
 
7 years ago (2010-08-24)
Hi all of you, thanks for your comments. According to the old sisters there the ward has been I female ward ever since they started working there. I really don't know if it might be a different ward in the past. The hospital itself was build years ago. According to South Africa history it has been build and in use since 1904 just after the Anglo Boer war. In my point of view all hospitals do have their ghosts because I've seen a lot of them during nightshift I will share my other stories also with you in the near future. Take care. ❤
chicalovesu92 (12 posts)
 
7 years ago (2010-08-22)
if you have any questions about ghosts, spirits, or hauntings, you can ask me anything. I have had a lot of experience, so I know how to handle it. ❤ 😐 😁
TigerLily (3 stories) (145 posts)
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7 years ago (2010-08-22)
Hello Trix, thanks for sharing.
I would also be interested in hearing the other hospital stories that you have. 😁
My thoughts are that there was maybe a patient who passed away there in the past, and was quite fussy about having the furniture in a different way. And so their spirit returns to make themselves more comfortable? Just a suggestion. 😊

God Bless ❤
blue_raven80 (13 stories) (338 posts)
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7 years ago (2010-08-22)
creeeepyy! Was the female ward of the hospital a different ward before? Have you asked someone about it? I like your story.

xdannyx117x (1 stories) (12 posts)
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7 years ago (2010-08-22)
Probably some ghost with nothing beter to do, id like to go in their see if I can sense it or see its aura
Levanya (6 posts)
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7 years ago (2010-08-21)
That seems to be a poltergeist at work. Or maybe more: (Must be something sad that took place there like people who are afraid to die actually dying there: (
kamui (1 stories) (56 posts)
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7 years ago (2010-08-19)
nice story and it would be great to do some video recordings when darkness fell. Hoping to read more from you and take care
Trix (14 stories) (407 posts)
 
7 years ago (2010-08-19)
Hi Shadead, I worked there in 1986, and took a transfer to Witbank hospital in 1987. It's long ago. The hospital still exists, and is in use, but in a terrible state. I was there 2 years ago, but they advised me to go to the new part of the hospital build near the old one. The security is also very strict there, you must be a visitor to get in there or a patient if you're from outside. I must say by the look of it when I went there, it even looks more spooky now with the old paint and stuff. I only have one story more about that specific hospital paediatric ward that was not build attach to this hospital but part of it-it's a very big place. Sorry I'm not able to help with voice recording and stuff, I would like to but they won't let me. This place is indeed a ghost hunter's paradise. Enjoy your day.
Shadead (91 posts)
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7 years ago (2010-08-19)
I would love to hear your stories,
Sounds like that particular ward would render some good EVP or imagings so please if your there still or ect try record some evp's for us to hear or take some photos.

Very good story,
Regards,
~Shadead.
DARKNESS (3 stories) (2022 posts)
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7 years ago (2010-08-19)
Trix: Pretty creepy story, I would love to hear your other encounters regarding this hospital seems as though something residing there wants a bit of attention. Keep us posted.

Thanks for sharing.

Dan
spiritual_twinkie (28 posts)
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7 years ago (2010-08-19)
Spookyyyyyy. Liked the story. I would like to make a nightover in that ward. 😜
Trix (14 stories) (407 posts)
 
7 years ago (2010-08-19)
I worked nightshift for many years, to be exact- for 6 years. It's strange that these things happen at night. I've got lots of hospital stories to tell. Maybe I should share the rest of my stories also with you. Thanks for your comments. Enjoy your day.
BrandonCR (5 stories) (64 posts)
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7 years ago (2010-08-18)
Interesting story, I don't know why but hospitals especially old ones, tend to become haunted at some point. Mental Hospitals especially. There is an old mental hospital near to where I live, and it has even been on a few Ghost hunting shows. Something about the pain and deatnh in hospitals bind spirits to the place.
sweety (1 stories) (18 posts)
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7 years ago (2010-08-18)
i worked in a n/home here in indiana. I only worked 3rd shift one time, but when I did I keep seeing one of our patients at the end of the hall walking back and forth. I kept getting up and walking down there and everone was in their beds. The 3rd shift nurse came back from lunch and I told her about it and she said. " everyone see's him at night, but if you look close he has no lower body". I never did 3rds again so I never go a real good look.
Ryno (5 posts)
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7 years ago (2010-08-18)
i like your story, sound very creepy, I had lived in Pretoria for couple of months but now living in Port Elizabeth, whould like to go there and record stuff. Take care

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