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City Of Cardiff Mental Hospital, Whitchurch, Glamorgan. General Rules. 1909

March 30th, 2010

GENERAL MANAGEMENT

Rule 329

All Attendants, Nurses, Laundry Employees, Kitchen and other Servants, Labourers, and Artizans are required to leave and enter by the Lodge Gates, and to deposit their keys with the Gate Porter before leaving the Estate.

City Of Cardiff Mental Hospital, Whitchurch, Glamorgan. General Rules. 1909

March 24th, 2010

THE FOREMAN OF WORKS

Rule 255

He shall examine all locks in the building once every four months, and shall furnish a written report of the condition that he has found them in, and shall certify that he has thoroughly examined every lock.

City Of Cardiff Mental Hospital, Whitchurch, Glamorgan. General Rules. 1909

March 20th, 2010

THE ASSISTANT MEDICAL OFFICERS.

Rule 36.

The Assistant Medical Officers shall be legally qualified Medical Practitioners, registered under the Medical Act of 1858, and shall reside in the Asylum.

City Of Cardiff Mental Hospital, Whitchurch, Glamorgan. General Rules. 1909

March 20th, 2010

THE INSPECTOR.

Rule 183.

He shall ascertain that the Male Attendants are in bed by 10:50 p.m., or by the time directed by the Medical Superintendent, and up at 6 a.m.

City Of Cardiff Mental Hospital, Whitchurch, Glamorgan. General Rules. 1909

March 19th, 2010

THE DISPENSING CHEMIST

(May be Male or Female: same rules.)

Rule 129.

He shall dispense all the medicines and stimulants prescribed by the Medical Officers

City Of Cardiff Mental Hospital, Whitchurch, Glamorgan. General Rules. 1909

March 18th, 2010

THE VISITING COMMITTEE

Rule 1

The general supervision and control of the Asylum is vested in the Visiting Committee for the time being, who shall meet within one month after their election, and shall then appoint a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and a Clerk to the Visiting Committee.

City Of Cardiff Mental Hospital, Whitchurch, Glamorgan. General Rules. 1909

March 18th, 2010

THE MATRON.

Rule 158.

She shall supply the Medical Superintendent once weekly, or as required, with a list of Patients suitable to attend the dances or the entertainments, or the Church Services, and with list, when the occasion occurs, of such Patients as are eligible for walks beyond the Estate.

City Of Cardiff Mental Hospital, Whitchurch, Glamorgan. General Rules. 1909

March 18th, 2010
General Rules 1909

General Rules 1909

Inside the front cover of the rule book is this note:

This printed Manual is the property of the Institution, and must be carefully preserved, and is not be taken away from the Institution.

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At the back of this rule book is the following:

I hereby approve the foregoing General Rules for the government of the City of Cardiff Mental Hospital.

W. S. CHURCHILL,

One of His Majesty’s principal Secretaries of State.

WHITEHALL,

21st March, 1910.

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Some interesting Stories from the BBC website

March 13th, 2010

http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southeast/sites/streetsofcardiff/pages/stories_whitchurch.shtml

We would love to hear from you if you wrote one of these stories about the Hospital or if you have any others

WHITCHURCH MENTAL HOSPITAL, CARDIFF (PATIENTS) House of Commons Dec 06 July 1964

March 13th, 2010

vol 698 cc177-86

Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Pym.]

10.20 p.m.

Mr. George Thomas  (Cardiff, West)

I am grateful to the Joint Parliamentary Secretary for his courtesy in coming to the House tonight, as I know that he had another important engagement which he has now cancelled. I am sorry to cause the hon. Gentleman inconvenience, but I wish to raise a matter of substantial importance in the City of Cardiff. I have not hitherto taken part in the debates in the House on the question of mental health, but recently I paid a visit to the Whitchurch Mental Hospital, Cardiff, and I must say that my deep interest was aroused and my concern for those who are involved in the work of the hospital has found expression in this debate.

I want to pay a tribute to the doctors, the nurses, the psychiatrists and the social workers and the whole splendid team who, under the leadership of Dr. Spillane, pursue the interests of them mentally sick at Whitchurch Hospital. Like those in other mental hospitals, they work under substantial difficulties. For instance, the workroom which I visited was crowded almost beyond capacity. But I gladly pay tribute to the substantial improvements that have taken place in this hospital since my previous visit, unfortunately a long time ago. Bright decorations and modern furniture have made the wards much more attractive and, I believe, the life of the patients much more variable.

I was shocked to learn that a great number of patients in the hospital ought not to be there at all. Devoted medical skill and care and the use of modern drugs have together served to bring these patients to a point where they could live in the community if they had suitable accommodation. Some of them have been long years in the hospital and the only reason they are there today is either that they have no family to which they may return or that for a diversity of reasons their family declines to take responsibility for caring for them. I can think of no greater agony than for a 178 restored person in a mental hospital to be aware that he has to go on living there simply because he has no home to which to return. It is a palpable injustice which society perpetrates upon these people that they should have to endure further years in the mental hospital like lost souls in an indifferent society.

For the whole debate please look at:

http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1964/jul/06/whitchurch-mental-hospital-cardiff

Thanks to Tim Goosey for finding this information.