Document ReferenceUhc
TitleRecords of Nottingham Children's Hospital, 1869-1978
Extent78 boxes, 130 volumes and 2 framed photographs
AbstractPrincipal document types present include; minutes, admission and discharge records, staff and patient records.
Access ConditionsParts of the collection are accessible to all readers but access to patient and clinical records under 100 years old is restricted under current Data Protection legislation, and other records may also be restricted under the Data Protection Act or other legislation. Please see our Access Policy or contact us for further advice.
Admin HistoryNottingham Children's Hospital was founded as a charitable institution in 1869 by public subscription, with the aim of providing 'for the reception, maintenance and medical treatment of children of the poor under ten years of age'. Its official title was the Free Hospital for Sick Children but it was also known as 'St Lucy's', as the first nursing staff were recruited from the Sisters of St Lucy. Its first home was Russell House, Postern Street, Nottingham, a property presented by the daughter of the architect, T.C. Hine.

Despite the additions of a new wing and an isolation block, the property was soon found to be inadequate and, in 1899, the hospital moved to Forest House, Chestnut Grove,off Mansfield Road, to accommodation given by the lace manufacturer, Thomas Birkin. A new wing was opened by H.R.H. Princess Mary, Viscountess Lascelles, in 1927. In 1978, the Children's Hospital closed and its occupants became the first in-patients of University Hospital, Queen's Medical Centre. The premises occupied by the Children's Hospital became the headquarters of Nottingham Health Authority.

A copy of the history of the hospital by Lucia Crothall, 'Let's begin with the Children', (1978) can be found at Uhc Pr 20.
Custodial HistoryRecords from the Nottingham Children's Hospital were transferred to the University by Nottinghamshire Area Health Authority (Teaching) South Nottingham District upon the closure of the Children's Hospital in 1978. Further small accruals were made at various times up to 1995.
DescriptionThe archive is primarily concerned with the management and administration of the institution. Administrative records include minutes of various committees (1869-1978), such as the Board of Management Committee and the House Committee; accounting papers include income and expenditure accounts (1930-1972) and wages and salaries registers (1928-1977). There are also inventories and other papers relating to stock (1944-1976) and plans of parts of the hospital (1939-1974). A series of nursing and ward reports is present (1943-1976), and records relating to the training and employment of staff (1929-1976). Patient and clinical records have, unfortunately, not survived for the nineteenth century but the archive includes admissions and discharge records (1926-1976) and operations registers (1922-1973).
MgtGroupHealth records
ArrangementThe papers are listed chronologically within series arranged according to form; e.g. accounts, minutes, patient registers.
TermHospitals - England - Nottinghamshire
Children - Hospitals
Children - Health and Hygiene
Nursing - Study and teaching
Hospitals - Administration
Surgery, Operative
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue 48 pp At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Typescript Catalogue 18 pp [Please note that the catalogue at King's Meadow Campus, and the online version on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue, is more up to date] Online: Catalogue available through the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue. This catalogue includes descriptions of newer accruals than are noted in the typescript catalogues.
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the access status and the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialOther Nottingham hospital collections held at The University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (Nh, Uh, Uhe, Uhf, Uhg, Uhh, Uhne, Uhw, Uht, MS 576)
Hospital collections at Nottinghamshire Archives
Photographs of Nottingham Children's Hospital, Forest House and Queen's Medical Centre sites; 1970s-1980s (MS 953/9)
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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1198Nottingham Children's Hospital
NA1193Nottinghamshire Area Health Authority; Teaching; South Nottingham District
NA1198Nottingham Children's Hospital
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