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MILLFIELD, YORK

Millfield, Hull Road, York, was acquired in September 1919 for ‘borderland cases’ in the early stages of nervous and mental disorder, with the possibility that it might also be used as accommodation for Retreat staff.The Millfield estate comprised...

WEEKLY RETURNS

Weekly returns were sent to the Secretary's office each Monday giving details of numbers of patients, attendants and nurses etc, and any changes during the week. The volume below is a book of stubs with these details entered. Sections for num...

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...

MEDICAL JOURNALS AND WEEKLY REPORT BOOKS

Provision was made for medical journals and weekly report books by section 59 of the Act 8 & 9 Victoria Cap. 100, and this provision was reiterated in Section 90 of the Act 16 & 17 Victoria Cap. 97. The books are arranged with one week to ...

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...

MALE NURSES DEPARTMENT

See note under RET 5/12. The Male Nurses Department was instituted on 19 November 1912 with the same aims as the Trained Nurses Department

Papers relating to other asylums

These include some manuscript and some printed material. Some of these items are here because of the connections of Retreat staff; others must have been sent to, or acquired by, The Retreat, in some cases for comparative purposes. Other asylums ha...

TRADESMEN'S CIRCULARS AND ADVERTISEMENTS

These are for all types of goods and services. There are other advertisements among Steward's Incoming Correspondence Files, RET 4/2/2, Household Provisions and Equipment RET 4/3/1-4, and Furnishings, RET 4/5. For other material on suppliers ...

ATTENDANTS' TIME BOOKS

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

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