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ADDRESSES TO NURSING STAFF

In 1902 the Retreat put its nurse training onto a more extended footing, with a four year course of practical training with lectures, leading to examinations. In the same year the Retreat began its Private Nursing Department (later the Trained Nur...

ADMISSION PAPERS

This series initially comprises the handwritten letters received from medical practitioners certifying as to the mental illness of patients admitted. These are filed in chronological order (although sometimes they can be slightly out of sequence)F...

ADMISSION REGISTERS

There are various series of admission registers at different periods. Details are given under individual entries. See also RET 6/22 for similar information in the late 20th century.

ATTENDANTS' INSPECTION OF PATIENTS ON ADMISSION

A signed statement was made by the attendant that a patient had been received into the ward and bathed, and any marks or bruises on admission were noted. The printed rule about the inspection of patients on admission, undated, c 1866 can be found ...

ATTENDANTS' TIME BOOKS

These are small notebooks recording individual attendants' timekeeping, with comments like 'good,' 'bad', 'improved', when ill etc

CASE NOTES

Chronological Arrangement of the Case NotesFrom 1796 up to the First World War period, the case notes of patients were, broadly speaking written into case books in chronological order by date of patient's admission. Each case was also given a...

DIARIES FOR THE CONTINUATION OF RECEPTION ORDERS

'A Diary for the Continuation of Reception Orders by Special Reports and Certificates' was to be used for the entry of the days of the year on which reports and certificates on patients were due to be sent to the Board of Control, for th...

ELECTRO-CONVULSANT TREATMENT

The Retreat began cardiazol convulsion therapy in October 1938 following favourable reports of the treatment at the Annual Meeting of the Medico Psychological Association in July 1938.However in 1940 Retreat doctors tried a different method of ind...

ENQUIRIES INTO PLACES AT THE RETREAT

This correspondence relates to requests for information about the Retreat, the terms on which patients were admitted and the fees paid on behalf of patients. Both incoming and outgoing material is included. The enquiries are arranged by date and a...

FILES, CORRESPONDENCE AND PAPERS

This section includes general correspondence (mostly about patients) and correspondence on particular topics. There is other correspondence elsewhere in The Retreat archive. Papers on Land and Buildings, RET 2/2, include correspondence. The sectio...

GAINSBOROUGH HOUSE AND THROXENBY HALL, SCARBOROUGH

The Retreat rented properties on the Yorkshire coast for some years with the purpose of allowing patients annual holidays. It was decided in the 1880s to rent or purchase a property to have a year round convalescent home which could also be used f...

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