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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.


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 ...


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

Abstracts of Accounts and Liabilities

As a Registered Hospital, the Retreat had to make annual returns of its assets and liabilities and of its receipts and payments to the Commissioners in Lunacy. This system was simplified in 1893: see under RET 3/2/15/1

Account Book of Patients Fees in Arrears

List of names of accounts in arrear, giving name, amount due, remarks and folio in Patients' Ledger. Arranged by month. After 1900 information is less detailed and more in note formVolume has had its binding removed


Accounts are complied monthly, showing names of suppliers of provisions, and amounts invoiced. Occasionally a list of salaries (of officers) and pensions included. The first page gives monthly totals 1918/19 and 1919/20. At the Back is a compariso...

Addresses to Mental Nurses (London 1924) by Bedford Pierce

This is a volume of collected addresses. Each address in this volume is accompanied by autobiographical details of the authorIt includes publications at RET 5/11/1-12 and three others, comprising:Some Practical Considerations in Mental Nursing, by...

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