TitleRecords of Plaistow Maternity Hospital, Chesterton Road, Plaistow, London, E13 and elsewhere
DescriptionRecords of Plaistow Maternity Hospital, 1890-1971, comprising: administrative records, 1896-1958, including Committee of Management minutes, 1896-1947; minutes of annual general meetings, 1948; Committee attendance books, 1944-1948 and staff registers, 1909-1958;

financial records, 1913-1954, comprising: accounts and ledgers, 1919-1954; paying patients' ledgers, 1937-1953; Barking patients' ledgers, 1928-1944; National Insurance account books, 1923-1948; receipt analysis book, 1913-1917, and volume relating to subscriptions and deeds of covenant, c.1931-1949;

patient records, 1890-1971, comprising midwifery case books, 1890-1955, midwifery registers, 1897-1971, midwives' registers of cases, 1920-1960; nursing case books, 1891-1903; 'baby ledger', 1928; dental treatment register, 1925-1940; register of major and minor operations, 1938-1966;

nursing and midwifery records, 1897-1959, comprising village nurse training course registers, 1897-1915; midwifery training registers, 1909-1946; report books, 1900-1920; registers of permanent and post graduate staff, 1938-1959; Church book, 1913, detailing nurses' places of worship; List of nurses who have entered for and passed the St John Ambulance course of lectures, 1897-1913.
Administrative historyThe hospital was founded in 1889 by Miss Katherine Twining (who became its first Matron) as the St. Mary's District Nurses' Home, Plaistow, with the object of providing midwifery and nursing support for the inhabitants of South West Ham in their own homes. In 1894, the charity purchased nos. 17 and 19 Howard's Road which formed the basis of the District Nurses' Home and in the same year opened a Midwifery Training School and District Nursing Training School. It became known as the Maternity Charity and District Nurses' Home, Howards Road, Plaistow.

In 1895 a Committee of Management was formed and further land was purchased in Howard's Road which allowed the premises to be extended in 1898. In 1901 branch homes were established at the Docks, at Stratford and East Ham and in 1904 a further branch home opened at Barking. The acquisition of Nos. 24 & 26 Howard's Road in 1904 allowed for 12 in-patient beds, which was increased to 20 in 1911 when no. 28 was acquired. Chesterton House was purchased in 1915 as a centre for ante natal, post natal and infant welfare activities. The in-patient accommodation was replaced by a new building at Chesterton Road, Plaistow with 36 maternity and 4 general beds, which was opened by Queen Mary in 1923.

The name of the charity was changed in 1926 to Plaistow Maternity Hospital. When in 1938 the Central Midwives Board divided the midwifery examinations into two parts, the Hospital was one of only a few hospitals to be recognised for parts I and II. The District Nursing Branch at East Ham was transferred to East Ham District Nursing Association in 1940 and from that year until 1946 the in-patient department was evacuated to Suntrap, High Beech, Loughton, Essex. During the same period the Ministry of Health Emergency Maternity Hospital at East Haddon Hall, Northampton was staffed by Plaistow Maternity Hospital. The Hospital and its branch homes were damaged by bombing during World War II.

The Hospital became part of the National Health service in 1948, at which time the District Home at Barking transferred to the control of Essex County Council. In 1976 the City and East London Area Health Authority (Teaching), following responses to its consultative document 'Towards a changed pattern of health care' [see CA/A/7/10], agreed to close Plaistow Maternity Hospital and transfer its services to Forest Gate Hospital, pending the building of a new nucleus hospital for Newham [Newham General Hospital: phase 2 which included maternity] opened in 1985 at which time Forest Gate Hospital closed.
Access statusRestricted
Access ConditionsSome material is restricted. This is noted at file or item level in the catalogue.
Arrangement of the recordsThe collection takes the following arrangement:

RLHPM/A - Administrative records, 1896-1948
RLHPM/F - Financial records, 1913-1954
RLHPM/M - Patients records, 1890-1971
RLHPM/N - Nursing records, 1897-1959
Extent5 linear metres
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