• Devon Heritage Centre
Reference number
  • 1260F
  • ┆UNCATALOGUED DEPOSITS: 1260-3: 120 volumes of surgeon's case notes etc. 20th century (sealed to public access for 100 years) 1260-4: Registers of in-patients, 1914-1950; registers of out-patients, 1923, 1947-1955, 1958-1959, 1964-1967; case books, 1881-1888, 1912, 1914-1917, 1921-1924; ward books, Dr Shapter, n.d.; ward registers, 1955-1956, 1960-1961; journals of operations, 1868-1871, 1926, 1948-1951, 1940-1960 (major), 1966-1974 (Accident & Emergency minor), 1965-1974 (Dental out-patients minor surgical); letter book, Dental Hospital, 1917-1923. (sealed for 100 years) 1260-5: Exeter Medical Library minutes, 1814-1983, accounts, 1814-1977, catalogues, 1814-c1885, accessions registers, 1969-1987, borrowers' registers etc, 1814-1968; surgeons' signing-in register, 1908-1913; register of heart cases etc, 1890-1922; Museum Committee minutes, 1853-1913; register of specimens in museum, c1850-1924; medical officers' meeting minutes, 1860-1866; Medical Advisory Committee and Medical Staff Committee reports and correspondence, 1946-1963; correspondence, plans, accounts, photographs, papers, 19th-20th centuries. 1260-7: Nursing staff records, 19-20th century, including two indexes to nursing staff with some dates of entry, unidentified hospital, 1909-1929; alphabetical register of nurse probationers, Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Hospital, with progress reports, examination results, loose correspondence, 1936-circa 1950; alphabetical register of qualified nurses \[labelled 'index of trained staff'\], Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Hospital, c. 1938 -c.1955; two registers of nursing staff, indexed, Hawkmoor Sanatorium, 1918 - 1972, additional notes to 1975; Nursing Committee reports, ? possibly Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, August 1935-October 1949; hospital visiting staff records, two medical directories, 1970s. 8143: Card index of children's diseases, 1954-1961. D2017/60: Additional records of Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, including register of inpatients, 1911, index of (inpatients) surgical cases: perpetual register, hospital outpatients, Dr. Gordon, volume 1, notes on inpatients, Dr Gordon 1918-1919 and Mr Domville, 1911-1912. D2020/68: Additional records of Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
Access status
  • Open
Access conditions
  • Medical records of individual patients were closed to public inspection for 100 years in 2002 when this collection was deposited. (see Lord Chancellor's Instrument No. 3, 7th January 1961 and Department of Health Circular HC(89)20, August 1989). Until the start of 2005, certain classes of records (those containing personal information about patients or staff members) were subject to the general 100 year closure period for medical records imposed by Lord Chancellor's Instrument 92 (LCI 92), issued in 1991. Access to these records is now chiefly subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, 2000, in addition to the Data Protection Act, 1998. In the case of such personally sensitive material as exists in this collection, such records will usually remain unavailable for general access for 100 years from the date of birth of the data subject, but the DHC staff can compile written reports for enquirers.
  • Fonds
Admin history
  • The Devon & Exeter Hospital was founded by subscription in 1741 and the building was completed in 1743. In 1900, after a visit of the then Duke and Duchess of York, the title `Royal' was granted. The founder of the hospital, Dr. Alured Clarke, Dean of Exeter, intended the building for the relief of the sick and of the lame poor. Over the 100 years subsequent to its foundation, the hospital received many charitable funds, such as the Samaritan Fund (weekly board for poor patients), a Children's Clothing Fund, Golsworthy's Fund (money for general expenses) and an anonymous gift for orthopaedic instruments. In 1856, 1896-97 and 1922 the hospital was substantially enlarged, in 1869 a chapel was opened and during the present century an electrical treatment department and new operating theatre were added. 1914 saw the institution of an ear, nose and throat department. The aspect of the old hospital has, however, remained essentially unchanged. The Hospital was run by two meetings of the Governors: the Governors' Court which dealt with matters of policy and statute, and the General Governors' Committee which was concerned more directly with the practical administration of the hospital and its staff. During the second half of the 19th century other sub. and special committees were created to deal with matters arising from the steady growth and expansion of the hospital facilities. It was administered by the Hospital Management Committee of Exeter and Mid-Devon at the time these records were deposited.
  • Detailed list of acc: 1260-4 is available on the accession file.
Creator name
  • Devon and Exeter Hospital, 1741 - 1900 Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital