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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...

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...

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 ...

WARD REPORT BOOKS

These books enter details about what was going on within the wards: admissions, discharges, medicines given, patients' activities or sleeping patterns, and any other incidents. There are different series of volumes, some covering males and so...

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...

VISITORS REPORT BOOKS

Provision was made by the Managers for the visitation of the Retreat. The Committee and Directors sent representatives to inspect the establishment, and female visitors were also appointed. The visitors entered a dated record of their visits into ...

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...

PENSIONS

At public asylums, pensions were available for officers and servants under legislation passed as early as 1853. However, private institutions like the Retreat were not covered by this and subsequent statutory provision. The Lunacy Commissioners re...

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