Document ReferenceUhw
TitleRecords of Nottingham Hospital for Women, 1875-1981
Extent2 boxes, 4 pamphlet boxes and 80 volumes
AbstractPrincipal document types present include; minutes, accounts, reports, patient records, operations books
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Admin HistoryNottingham Hospital for Women in Peel Street had its origins in two earlier women's hospitals: Castle Gate Hospital for Women which opened in September 1875, and the Samaritan Hospital in Raleigh Street which opened in March 1885. This duplication of effort was a direct consequence of a conflict of opinion in the 1880s about the best way to conduct a women's hospital.

Up to 1914 both institutions ran completely separately, but by then it was clear that this diluted the available resources. Informal negotiations led to amalgamation in 1923 and the construction of a purpose-built hospital in Peel Street. The new building was formally opened on 5 November 1929 and received its first patients in January 1930 when the hospitals in Castle Gate and Raleigh Street were closed down. The Peel Street accommodation offered four large wards to accommodate 44 patients and smaller wards for private patients, as well as out-patient accommodation, operating theatres and staffing facilities.

In 1945 Adbolton Hall was opened as an annexe for post-operative cases. In 1947 St Mary's Nursing Home was taken over as a Maternity Home for private patients. St Mary's closed in 1972, and Adbolton Hall in 1980.

Peel Street was finally closed down in November 1981 when the remaining obstetric and gynaecological units were transferred to the Queen's Medical Centre. The Peel Street building was converted into flats.
Custodial HistoryThe records were transferred to the University in September 1981, prior to the final closure of the Peel Street premises in November 1981. Further accruals were received at various times up to 1992. An accrual of hospital registers was received in 2008.
DescriptionThe records relate to three hospitals: Castle Gate Hospital, the Samaritan Hospital and Peel Street. The amalgamated hospital took over the administrative records of the Castle Gate hospital. Records from the Samaritan Hospital are very few in number.

Minute books form one of the most comprehensive series. There are minutes from Castle Gate Hospital for Women and Nottingham Hospital for Women (1879-1972). Minutes from the Samaritan Hospital exist only from 1885-1907. There are printed annual reports from Castle Gate Hospital for Women and the Nottingham Hospital for Women (1875-1901, 1915, 1921-1929, and 1931 to 1968). Architects' plans of the new Peel Street building are also present (1927-1954).

From the amalgamated hospital there are accounts (1930-1968) including wages and salaries books (1930-1949), an Inventory (1941), and Visiting Panel Reports (1968-74). Some patient statistics (1933-1935), records of operations (1955-1974) and theatre reports (1975-1981) are also present. The only patient registers are delivery registers of births at St Mary's Nursing Home (1964-1969) and at the Central Labour Suite (1976-1981).
MgtGroupHealth records
ArrangementThe papers are listed chronologically within series arranged by form: accounts, minutes, reports, patient registers etc.
TermHospitals - England - Nottinghamshire
Women - Medical care
Maternal health services
Operations, Surgical
Hospitals - Administration
Medical care
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 26 pp At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Typescript Catalogue, 11 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 more recent accruals than the typescript catalogue.
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialOther Nottingham hospital collections held at The University of Nottingham; Manuscripts and Special Collections: Uh, Nh, Uhc, Uhe, Uhf, Uhg, Uhh, Uhne, Uht.
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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1219Nottingham Hospital for Women
NA1220Castle Gate Hospital for Women, Nottingham
NA1221Nottingham Samaritan Hospital
NA1219Nottingham Hospital for Women
NA1220Castle Gate Hospital for Women, Nottingham
NA1221Nottingham Samaritan Hospital
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