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St Francis Hospital Nursing School Records

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA SFH/FP & SFH/PH & SFH/PUB
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: St Francis Hospital Nursing School Records
Date(s): 1949-[1965]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 volumes, 1 file
Name of creator(s): St Francis Hospital Nursing School
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Constance Road Workhouse, East Dulwich was built for the Camberwell Board of Guardians. The Workhouse was opened in 1895, three years after the foundation stone was laid, with 898 inmates. It became the Constance Road Infirmary / Institution and specialised in caring for the deserving poor, mentally ill and handicapped people, the elderly and unmarried mothers. The Infirmary came under he control of the London County Council in 1930, and in 1936 was renamed St Francis Hospital.
In 1948, when the National Health Service Act came into operation, the St Francis Hospital came under the administrative control of Camberwell Hospital Management Committee, which included St Giles and Dulwich Hospitals. In 1966 St Francis Hospital joined the King's College Teaching Hospital Group. This resulted in St Francis Hospital Nursing School being merged with King's College Hospital Nursing School.
Following the re-organisation of the NHS, St Francis became part of Camberwell Health Authority in 1974. It became Dulwich Hospital North Wing in 1984, closing in 1991. The buildings were demolished in 1993.


Scope and content/abstract:

St Francis Hospital nursing records including St Francis' Hospital - A complete Training School for Assistant Nurses [1958]; Record of [Nurses]Service Book, 1949-1956; Photographs of the hospital, [1960-1965].

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged as outlined in the scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Records containing personal information about living individuals, are subject to the regulations of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Finding aids:

This summary guide and a detailed catalogue available online and in the reading room of the College Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Removed from a variety of administrative stores in King's College Hospital by members of King's College Hospital Nurses League in the late 1970s, when they were kept in a variety of private homes until the transfer to the King's College London Archive in 1985.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by King's College Hospital Nurses League in 1985.

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College London Archives holds student nurse records of: St Thomas's Hospital, [1950-1980] (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA TH/SN/FP); King's College Hospital School of Nursing, 1885-1998 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA KH/NL & K/NI/PR); Belgrave Hospital for Children Nursing School records, 1903-1950 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA BH/FP); Dulwich Hospital, 1917-1967 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA DH/FP); St Giles Hospital, 1931, 1952-1954 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA SGH/FP); and St Saviour's Infirmary, [1890]-1931 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA SSH/FP); Lewisham School of Nursing, 1897-1981 (Ref: GB0100 KCLCA DH/FP); New Cross Hospital, 1954-1965 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA NC/FP); Hither Green Hospital 1955-1967 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA HGH/FP); St John's Hospital, 1955-1969 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA SJH/FP); Thomas Guy and Lewisham School of Nursing, 1985-1992 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA TGL/FP); Nightingale and Guy's College of Nursing, 1991-1993 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA NG/FP); Guy's Hospital School of Nursing, 1949-1978 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA GHN/FP).

General administrative records, 1930-1948, finance records, 1896-1930, and admission and discharge records, 1894-1931, of St Francis Hospital, are held at London Metropolitan Archives.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: On-line Public Record Office and Wellcome Trust's Hospital Records Database at Compiled by Annabel Dodds.

Rules or conventions:
National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; ISAD(G), Second edition, 2000.

Date(s) of descriptions:
June 2000. Revised June 2004

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