Archive for January, 2010

Sixty Five – The Hospital Magazine

January 16th, 2010
Hospital magazine

Hospital magazine

Sixty Five magazine

Sixty Five magazine

Does anybody remember this magazine? Did you ever contribute towards the magazine?

Whitchurch Hospital in the snow

January 16th, 2010

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Whitchurch Hospital

Whitchurch Hospital

Taken last week when we had snow!

Physician Superintendent – Dr. Joseph P. Spillane

January 9th, 2010

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1959-1971

Dr. Joseph Spillane took up the post of Physician Superintendent the same year as the Mental Health (1959) was introduced.

This was also the beginning of a new decade.  The sixties were revolutionary in so many ways in music, politics, science and technology.

For the mental health services in Cardiff, it meant the diversification and development of a range of new specialised services.

Thanks to Tim Goosey for this post

Medical Superintendent – Dr. Thomas J. Hennelly

January 9th, 2010

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1937-1959

Dr. Thomas J. Hennelly took up post as Medical Superintendent after being Deputy to his predecessor, Dr. Peter McCowan.

Two years later the World War II broke out and the hospital was once again taken over by the War Office for the treatment of military casualties.

A reduced service was retained for the mentally ill.

In the brave new world that followed the war, the Whitchurch Hospital became absorbed into the National Health Service in 1948.  The hospital fell under the direction of the new Whitchurch and Ely Hospital Management Committee, many of whom had been members of the old Visiting Committee.

Dr. Hennelly, who had assumed the NHS title of ‘Physician Superintendent’, wrote these words at the time:

‘In a changing world…we need hardly fear that the transfer of ownership will be in any degree revolutionary or that for a long time, such is the state of the world, the shortage of beds and of medical personnel, any great improvement in medical services will result.’

Thanks to Tim Goosey for this post

Medical Superintendent – Dr Peter McCowan

January 8th, 2010

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1929-1937

Dr. Peter McCowan held the post of Medical Superintendent after Dr. Goodall.  Like his predecessor, he was keen to maintain the individuality of the patient and avoid the dangers of institutionalisation.  His appointment coincided with the implementation of the Mental Treatment Act (1930), which replaced the Lunacy Act (1890).  The new act allowed for the first time voluntary admission to mental hospital.

Thanks to Tim Goosey for this post

Cardiff City Mental Hospital – 1908

January 8th, 2010

On 15th of April 1908, the new Cardiff City Mental Hospital was opened at a cost of £350,000. It had capacity for 750 patients, 366 male and 414 female.  Prior to this, patients from the former County of Glamorgan were either admitted to the County Asylum at Bridgend or were decanted to institutions as far away as Brighton.