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Minutes of the House building and Estates Committee

Incomplete series of minute books of the House Building Estate Committee dating from 1865 to 1879. Manuscript meeting minutes for the weekly committee, which discussed matters chiefly relating to building and household furnishing costs for the hospital, as well as discussing household appointments, new admissions and deaths, patient requests and complaints, medical reports and other activities at the hospitals such as concerts and religious services.

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Papers relating to the select committee of the House of Lords regarding conditions in London hospitals

Report from the select committee of the House of Lords regarding conditions of hospitals within the London area, which included a report on the Royal Hospital for Incurables. The report was critical of several aspects in which the hospital was governed namely the lack of a women's committee, full-time medical attendant and qualified nurses and the limited visiting times for seeing patients. The Hospital responded by establishing its own internal enquiry which resulted in a published response to the report in 1893.

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Various reports from sub-committees, including admissions, general purpose, staff accommodation, private patients, salaries and wages, appeals, garden and assembly room renovation.

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Annual reports

Annual reports for the charity, 1905-present, which typically include a financial statement, a list of board of management members and senior staff, donation details and photographs and illustrations of the hospital. The reports were published as a single pamphlet or booklet, some of the early reports have been bound together into hardboard volumes. Reports dating from 1858-1901 were not published separately and can be found within the subscription books (archive ref: RHN/FU/2/2). The reports may also be found within the reports of the general meeting volumes (archive ref: RHN/AD/1/1).

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Papers relating to Lopes bequest

Papers relating to Chaplain's Fund, a trust fund set up by the Rt Hon Sir Massey Lopes Bt (1818-1908), a member of the Hospital Board and Conservative politician, to generate income to contribute towards the cost of chaplaincy services available at the RHN. In 1907, there was a high court case brought by Lopes against the hospital for the misuse of these funds by the Hospital Board.

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NHS arbitration

Correspondence, precis of meetings and reports, memorandum, legal papers, National Health Service Bill and press cuttings relating to the creation of the NHS and the hospital's arbitration case to be excluded from the national service. File includes correspondence with other voluntary hospitals for long-term chronic patients, such as British Hospital and Home for Incurables, Jewish Home for Incurables and The Northern Counties Hospital for Incurables, along with British Hospitals Association, local board of the Health and Home Office. Also includes a report on the exclusion of the Lingfield Epileptic Colony in 1949 and Precis of remarks made by the Chairman of the Voluntary Hospitals Committee for London at meeting held on 1 March 1944 regarding White Paper.

Papers relating to the change of name of the hospital

Correspondence, memoranda, board minutes and reports relating to the change of the hospital's name from Royal Hospital and Home for Incurables to an alternative name which no longer includes the term 'incurables', which had become "increasingly problematic". File includes correspondence between the hospital and representatives of the Privy Purse, HRH Prince Charles, and members of the public regarding changing the name; an annotated list of alternative names drawn up; report on the case for changing the charity's name; notes from a meeting with J Walter Thompson, the marketing and communications firm, regarding name change, 1987. File also includes a letter from HRH Prince Charles congratulating the Development Trust for the Young Disabled new appeal for a 45 bed unit in November 1986.

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Royal Hospital and Home for Incurables Case Agenda Book

House Committee case agenda books listing applicants for admission to the hospital. Volumes contains the following information on applicants: name; age; residence; medical condition; occupation; name of member of House Committee who visited them; the committee's decision and remarks. The first volume dates from 1936-1962, with the following volume covering 1962 to 1993 and the third being 1993 to 1998.

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Patient address books

Alphabetical list of patient addresses, ordered by initial admission into hospital. Includes their last known address, address of friends/relatives, date of birth and religion. Patients listed by date of admission from 1890s to 1970. Third volume includes a typescript contact list of people to contact of various religious faiths and philosophies of life.

Register of patient deaths

Register of deaths of patients from October 1938 to March 1973. Entries include name of the patient, date admitted, case book number, whether they are inmate or pensioner and date of death.

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Register of patient deaths and discharges

Register of deaths of patients from April 1973 to March 2000. Entries include name of the patient, date admitted, case book number, whether they are inmate or pensioner and date of death. Later entries also include additional information of type of care they received, name of hospital ward and funding authorities.

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