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The North Wales Hospital Patient Index Update

May 22, 2018

We are pleased to announce an update to our online patient index for the North Wales Hospital.

The update contains the details of over 800 private patients admitted into the hospital between 1849 and 1914. The index has been created using the patient reception orders and builds on the pauper patient index which was released online in 2015. The database has been compiled through the hard work and dedication of volunteers, and we would like to extend our sincerest thanks to them for this addition to the online resource.

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An example of one of the private patient reception orders, from which the information for the index was extracted.

The database includes details of patient number, name, date of admission, age on admission, date of discharge or death, occupation, and name of town. Unlike pauper patients, whose stay in the hospital was chargeable to a Poor Law Union, private patients and their families paid for their own maintenance. Whilst the medical treatment given did not differ from that given to pauper patients, being a private patient did afford some benefits. The private patient menu was the same as the staff menu, and private patients wards and day rooms were often more spacious, with some private patients been given their own room.

Out of the 829 private patient reception orders 45 are missing from the series up to December 1914 (5.42%). It is unclear why these records did not get transferred to the archives; some may simply have been lost or the records may have been transferred with the patient to other asylums across the country.

Although care was taken to avoid any mistakes being made, there may inevitably be some mistakes such as typing or transcription errors. We would strongly recommend consulting the original record either by requesting a copy or visiting our search room to confirm that all details are correct.

The index, along with further guidance can be found on the Denbighshire Archives website.