Mary Alleyne was a patient in East Glamorgan Hospital in 1962, awaiting the birth of her second child. When obstetrician Robert Hodkinson was diagnosed with smallpox, she and her baby were confined to the hospital for three weeks.
Dr David James was Assistant Medical Officer in Pontypridd in 1962. Like many GPs he had to cope with the demand for vaccination.
Almost a million people in south Wales were vaccinated during the smallpox outbreak 50 years ago.
Davyna Anne Williams was 17 at the time of the outbreak in 1962, but it had a long-lasting and very significant effect on her family.
Her father, Ben Davies, was Headmaster at Ferndale Secondary Modern School For Boys and one of the very first people to be vaccinated in the Rhondda Valley. She believes it was this early inoculation that led to his death.
East Glamorgan Hospital was at the centre of the smallpox outbreak in the valleys in 1962.
Ann Jones was a student radiographer at the hospital at the time.
The isolation hospital at Penrhys above the Rhondda valleys was at the centre of the 1962 smallpox outbreak in Wales. The caretaker was Donald Tudor Bowen, who lived on the site with his wife Sheila and daughter Dawn.
Fifty years after the outbreak, Sheila and Dawn spoke to David Williams about life before, during and after the smallpox outbreak.
Documents in the official files reveal the battle which the caretakers of the Penrhys Isolation Hospital had to fight to obtain compensation for all their property which was destroyed after the smallpox outbreak in 1962.
Mr and Mrs Bowden left everything behind – clothes, cutlery and children’s clothes. Their claim was eventually accepted and they were paid £500 in compensation.
By this date 50 years ago, 12 women patients from Glanrhyd Hospital near Bridgend had died of smallpox – in the third phase of the outbreak in Wales. Continue reading
Fifty years ago today, the South Wales Echo reported that Dr Jim Thomas returned home after 93 days in the isolation hospital at Penrhys in Rhondda. Continue reading
Fifty years ago, the death toll in the Bridgend smallpox outbreak rose to nine with the death of two more patients from Glanrhyd Hospital. The use of an experimental drug was not proving effective in all cases. Continue reading
Fifty years ago today, a third patient at Glanrhyd Hospital near Bridgend died of smallpox. The new outbreak in the mental hospital had the authorities worried – they did not know how the disease had got into Glanrhyd. The South Wales Echo headline that day read ‘Big search for smallpox carrier’. Continue reading