Creepy photos taken inside an abandoned former NHS hospital show how the site has gone to waste.

Unsettling images of the former Batley and District General Hospital, near Leeds, reveal fire-ravaged walls, overgrown rooms and graffiti markings from vandals.

The hospital was first opened in 1929, but was shut more than 31 years ago in 1988.

Urban explorer and photographer FreakyD decided to explore the site before later discovering that his own mum had worked there as a nurse.

He explained: ‘It’s nice to be able to see a part of your parent’s history and feel a connection through an exploration to those close to you.

‘Unfortunately, I’m not sure how much longer the building will be standing. ‘Large fires have left this building very exposed to the elements, the internals are sodden and filled with a damp and smoky smell.

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‘The roof has been mostly burned away the water damage is leaving floors soft under foot, making it a little dangerous.

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‘Unfortunately the rooms have been stripped back to basics so there is very little left of the “hospital” itself.

‘In one section of the building, which it was later converted into a care home there is still residents’ names on doors and personal belongings left behind.

‘Many of the rooms are either inaccessible or destroyed though.’

The building was first known as Batley General Hospital, before being renamed Batley and District General Hospital after the NHS was formed in 1948.

After its closure in the 1980s, part of the hospital became the Carlinghow Nursing Home, before its doors shut for good in 1996.

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For years, the building became increasingly dilapidated, until 2014 when Zakaria Muslim Girls’ High School bought the site.

Planning was underway for a £1,500,000 overhaul to house over 250 pupils – but the project stalled and a major fire in 2017 meant the renovation never took place.

FreakyD said: ‘As you can see from the external photos it is clear to see that this building would have stood very grand in its heyday.

‘With the recent stories around the lack of space in health care it is sad to see buildings like this mothballed and left to rot.’

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NHS figures released last week revealed that every major A&E unit in England had failed to hit its four-hour waiting time target for the first time.

All 118 units fell below the 95 per cent threshold in November as the NHS posted its worst performance since targets were introduced more than a decade ago.

It is the worst performance on this measure since targets were introduced just over 10 years ago.

Almost 90,000 patients waited more than four hours, compared to just over 54,000 in the same month last year.