fonds NHS/AG - Acomb Gables Community Unit for the Elderly Archive

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Acomb Gables Community Unit for the Elderly Archive


  • c 1989 (Creation)

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0.02 cubic metres

1 box

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Administrative history

Acomb Gables, 2 Oak Rise, Acomb, was purpose built on part of the site of the demolished Acomb Hospital. The unit came into operation in March 1989 and it was officially opened in the following September.

Acomb Gables was the first to be opened in the series of Community Units for the Elderly (CUE units) built between 1989 and 1996 for the care of the confused elderly in York and district, who would previously have been housed in large mental hospitals (eg Clifton Hospital) and now are cared for in a community setting.

The opening was reported in the Yorkshire Evening Press on June 8 and September 28 1989. Facilities at opening comprised a 14 bed residential unit (which also offers short stay facilities), a 20 place day unit, domiciliary care, carer support, and a resource centre, and a staff of nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and support workers.

The other CUE Units, which all have similar facilities, are Cherry Tree House, opened 1990 (serving Heworth/Tang Hall); Worsley Court, opened 1991, (serving Selby); Mill Lodge, opened 1992 (serving Huntington); Peppermill Court, opened 1993 (serving the Haxby Road area); Acorn Court opened 1994 (serving Easingwold); and Meadowfields at Nelson's Court, opened 1996 (serving South Acomb).

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1995 as part of the transfer of York Health Archives to the Institute from their temporary home at Clifton Hospital. A further addition was made to the archive in 2010.

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Scope and content

16 photographs of Acomb Gables Community Unit for the Elderly, taken probably at the time of its opening: coloured prints, of interiors and exteriors, no people included, c.1989; files concerning the setting up and early years of the unit, c.1989.


Further accruals are not expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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A typescript finding aid, to file level, is available for consultation in the searchroom of the Borthwick Institute.

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For further material held by the Borthwick Institute, please see the unlisted material relating to community health in York Health Authority Archive, and in the annual reports of York Health Services NHS Trust from 1992 onwards which give an overview and account of main developments in the Community Units for the Elderly. Please contact the Institute for further information regarding access to unlisted material.

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GB 193

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ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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  • English



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