Archive for April, 2010


April 27th, 2010

Excellent Report from Commissioners

The Cardiff Mental Hospital Committee, meeting at the institution at Whitchurch yesterday afternoon, under the chairmanship of Councillor Morgan Thomas, had the satisfaction of hearing an excellent report concerning the institution from the Lunacy Commissioners. The committee first, however, gave consideration to the estimates for the ensuing year. The total amount required is £6,085, the principal item being £2,879 for maintenance of city patients. Last year the total amount required was £5,253. Last year the total amount required was £5,253. The estimate was approved less £110 taken from an amount of £210 put down for alterations to buildings. The report of the Lunacy Commissioners (Messrs S. J. Fraser Macleod and E. Marriott Cooke), after speaking of the great difficulties of the organisation, and administration of such an institution made reference to the energy and capacity displayed by those responsible for the direction of the asylum. Although the institution was opened as recently as May, 1908, they found everything in an admirable state of efficiency. Only two complaints were received, and each upon investigation proved groundless. On the other hand there were many expressions of gratitude for the kindness and attention that had been shown them by the medical and nursing staffs.

Since July, 1909, there had been 95 admissions, 59 discharges or renewals, 37 instances of recovery, and 38 deaths. There remain in the institution 343 males and 328 females, of whom 16 are private and 12 out county patients. The maintenance charges per head per week are:- Home patients, 13s 11/2d; out county patients, 14s; private patients, 21s. All the deaths were due to natural causes, and there had been no serious casualty. The general health of the institution is at present good.

The Commissioners commended the committee upon the departure of adding a pathological chemist to the medical staff for the purpose of facilitating research work.

From the S W Daily News January 28 1910

The First Medical Superintendent – Dr Edwin Goodall

April 17th, 2010


This photograph was recently found by Chris Newport when clearing some offices, we had not seen this portrait of Dr Goodall before.

Thank you Chris for rescuing it.

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

April 9th, 2010


Rule  234.

She shall not permit Nurses or Attendants or Servants to enter the Sewing Room, or to loiter about and gossip at the doors.

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

April 3rd, 2010


Rule 294.

Relatives and Friends of Patients shall be allowed to visit them on Wednesday in each week between such hours as the Medical Superintendent may direct, and at other times by the special permission of the  Medical Superintendent, or in cases of dangerous illness; but no person shall visit a Patient if the Medical Superintendent shall state in writing that the visit will probably be injurious to the Patient, or is otherwise inexpedient.

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

April 3rd, 2010


Rule 325

Any Female Employee in the Asylum service shall, in the event of her marriage, notify the fact to the Medical Superintendent, and her services will be dispensed with, unless retained for the convenience of the Institution.