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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/PH/HOSP
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1894-1967
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 11.23 linear metres
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The London County Council assumed responsibility for the general hospitals formerly maintained by the Boards of Guardians and the Special hospitals formerly maintained by the Metropolitan Asylums Board with effect from 1 April 1930. These hospitals needed much work to modernise, equip and staff them adequately. The Council made great improvements in hospital accommodation and staffing standards. The nursing service had been improved, medical schools established, and a laboratory service built up. These functions were transferred to the Regional Hospitals Boards and Hospital Management Committees under the National Health Service Acts with effect from 5 July 1948. The Council assisted by providing services of supply, engineering and finance for several months after the transfer, until Council officers could be absorbed into the new organisation.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London County Council Public Health Department relating to general and special hospitals, 1894-1967, including administrative papers; minutes and papers from meetings of management staff; papers relating to planning; papers relating to the introduction of the National Health Service; papers relating to appropriated hospitals; papers relating to the running of hospitals including nutrition, mortuaries, anaesthetics, operating theatres, nursing, after care, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, chapels and x-ray equipment; papers relating to the treatment of mental patients and statistics.

Papers relating to treatment and research for particular diseases and conditions including cancer; cerebro-spinal fever (meningitis); diabetes; epilepsy; fractures; gastro-intestinal diseases; influenza; jaundice; childbirth; measles; neurological cases; poliomyelitis; puerperal fever; pneumonia; rheumatism; smallpox; tuberculosis; typhus; venereal diseases; anthrax; diphtheria and scarlet fever (scarlatina).

Papers relating to individual LCC hospitals and institutions, including Archway Hospital; Bethnal Green Hospital; Brook Hospital; Colindale Hospital; Dulwich Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital; Fulham Hospital; Goldie Leigh Hospital; Grove Hospital; Hackney Hospital; Hammersmith Hospital; Heatherwood Hospital; Highgate Hospital; King George V Sanatorium, Godalming; Lambeth Hospital; Millfield Convalescent Hospital, Rustington; Northern Hospital; North-Eastern Hospital; North-Western Hospital; Paddington Hospital; Pinewood Sanatorium; Princess Mary's Convalescent Home, Margate; Queen Mary's Hospital for Children, Carshalton; Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup; River Hospitals (Long Reach Hospital, Joyce Green and Orchard Hospital); Saint Alfege's Hospital; Saint Anne's Home, Herne Bay; Saint Benedict's Hospital, Tooting; Saint Charles Hospital; Saint James' Hospital; Saint John's Hospital; Saint Luke's Hospital, Chelsea; Saint Margaret's Hospital; Saint Mary Abbots Hospital; Saint Mary (Islington) Hospital; Saint Nicholas Hospital; Saint Olave's Hospital; Saint Pancras Hospital and Institution; Saint Peter's Hospital, Whitechapel; Saint Stephen's Hospital; South-Eastern Hospital; Southern Hospital; South-Western Hospital and White Oak Hospital.

Papers of the Departmental Committee on Hospital Students; Departmental Committee on the Pharmacopoeia; Departmental Committee on Fracture Clinics; Departmental Committee on Patients' Property; Departmental Committee on Quarantine and Disinfection; Departmental Committee on the Incidence of Tuberculosis among Nursing Staff; Departmental Committee on the Treatment of Tuberculosis and the Ministry of Health Committee on the Cost of Hospitals and other Public Buildings.

Reports and directories including surveys of those hospitals transferred to the LCC in 1930; Joint Survey of Medical Services in the County of London, 1933; LCC Pharmacopoeia; Rules for the Care and Control of Poisons and Medicines in Hospitals and Institutions, 1936, and pamphlets relating to various hospitals and services.

Also registers, 1933-1945, including combined case register and index of patients evacuated from LCC hospitals to Turnberry Emergency Hospital, Ayrshire; register of smallpox cases in London; registers of fever patients.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LCC/PH/HOSP/01: General; LCC/PH/HOSP/02: Treatment of specific diseases; LCC/PH/HOSP/03: Individual hospitals; LCC/PH/HOSP/04: Committee papers; LCC/PH/HOSP/05: Reports and directories; LCC/PH/HOSP/06: Registers.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired with the records of its parent body, the London County Council.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

For further information on the history of the LCC please see Achievement: A Short History of the London County Council by W Eric Jackson (1965), LMA Library reference 18.0 1965, The London County Council 1938, LMA Library reference 18.7 SER 4, and The Youngest County: A description of London as a county and its public services, 1951, LMA Library reference 18.0 1951.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
April to June 2009

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