- 1742-1999 (Creation)
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York County Hospital was established in 1740, as a voluntary hospital, that is, a charity supported by the subscriptions of the wealthy in order to treat poor deserving patients for free. It was founded largely because of a legacy left for the purpose by Lady Elizabeth Hastings.
The hospital, which took general medical and surgical patients, was initially based in rented premises in Monkgate, but a subscription was raised to build a purpose built hospital, also sited in Monkgate, which was begun in 1742 and largely completed by 1746.
A second purpose built hospital building, larger than the old, and standing in front of it, was built in 1849-51, and the original building was pulled down in 1851. The second building was used as the main block up to the closure of the hospital in 1976, but additions were built on the site around it during the late 19thc and 20th c. Despite this, accommodation remained cramped, and the hospital small for York's needs: there were just over 200 beds, after a number of extensions, in 1948.
The hospital ran as a charity up to the creation of the National Health Service (NHS), but in the 20th c. subscriptions and investments were supplemented by patients' fees and insurance schemes. It became part of the NHS in 1948.
Throughout its life, the hospital was York's main medical and surgical hospital, although under the NHS a number of other general hospitals (City Hospital, Fulford Hospital, Military Hospital etc) were run in conjunction with it.
The hospital closed in 1977, after the completion of the new York District Hospital. The 1849-51 block is still standing, having been converted in 1998-9 to flats. York County Hospital is notable as the site of one of the earliest known hospital radios, established by photographer Thomas Hanstock in 1925.
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Administrative records, comprising Trustees Court minutes, 1742-1948; General Court minutes, 1742-1948; House Committee minutes, 1831-1948; with index, 1930-1946; Sub-committee minutes, 1907-1912, 1917-1948; Medical Board minutes, 1908-1948; Medical Board Development Sub-committee minutes, 1929-1930; Elective Committee minutes, 1906-1948; York A Group House Committee minutes, 1962-1970; annual reports, 1808-1809, 1841, 1866-1948; rules and bye-laws, 1851-20th century; correspondence and other papers, 1792-1958; death certificates of hospital trustees, 1912-1936; printed material relating to the hospital, including press cuttings, 1829-1971; photographs, c.1910-1970s; copy draft of receipt of stock, money and articles of York Eye Institution on amalgamation with York County Hospital, 1887; audio tape record of County Hospital Stores Inquiry with list of interviewees, 1962.
Land and buildings records, comprising plans and drawings, 1927-c.1968; deeds and papers, 1824-1948.
Financial records, comprising general accounts, 1823-1876; deeds and papers relating to York County Hospital Trust, including legacies, bequests and special funds, 1751-1940; papers relating to investments, 1889-1928; insurance policies, 1937-1949; correspondence and papers relating to national savings, 1940-1943; bank books and statements, 1938-1949; finance committee papers, 1939-1948, audit papers, 1943-1948; papers relating to patient accounts and property, 1922-1952; and papers and ;correspondence relating to wages and salaries, 1932-1949.
Stores and equipment records, comprising inventories, 20th century, papers and correspondence relating to general and medical equipment, 1876-1951; linen, including the Ethel Crombie Linen Guild, 1914-1947; and emergency hospital scheme equipment and special provision, 1939-1947.
Establishment records, comprising register of staff appointments, 1944-1948; papers relating to staff training and conditions, 1941-1950; papers relating to the staff social club, 1964-1969; nursing school records, including regulations and prospectuses, 20th century; training registers, 1946-1956; examination papers, 1950s; and related papers, 1948-1950s.
Patient records, comprising admission registers, 1829-1904; case notes, 1908-1947; theatre registers, 1962-1977; referral cards, 1944-1946; pathology laboratory records, early 20th century-1961; and copies of Pharmacopoeia, 20th century.
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