There’s a good brief history of Rochford Hospital on the Community Archive here. Here’s an extract:
By 1884 the Board of Guardians of the workhouse hospital were informed that, ?there is insufficient accommodation for the treatment of patients suffering from infectious diseases and further wards are necessary.? However, very little seems to have been done about the overcrowding as, in 1909, ?the Medical Officer was instructed to obtain tents should it be necessary for the accommodation of the sick.? A special committee was set up to consider the implications of new Poor Laws which demanded that the workhouse and infirmary should be treated as separate institutions where, ?the respectable poor could claim treatment as a right, and where they would be called upon to make such payment as their circumstances allow.?