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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): H45/TBH
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives - click here to see details of the physical location of collection
Date(s): 1902-1995
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 5.53 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Tooting Bec Hospital


Administrative/Biographical history:

Tooting Bec Asylum was established in 1903 by the Metropolitan Asylums Board. It was built to relieve pressure on Leavesden and Caterham Asylums which had resulted in adults being admitted to Darenth Schools. The location was specifically intended for older patients to be nearer family and friends. The first phase, which accommodated about 1,000 patients, was followed by a second phase of an extra 900 beds which eventually opened in 1925. After 1930 the LCC ran the hospital until 1948 and the establishment of the National Health Service. The Hospital was closed in July 1995. The service and additional records were later inherited by the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (as of 2005).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Tooting Bec Hospital, including Hospital management committee and sub-committee minutes and papers, 1948-1967; London County Council Tooting Bec Hospital sub committee papers, 1907-1948; Medical Superintendants report book, 1903-1911; Steward's report books, 1912-1948; admission and discharge books, 1930-1936; register of admission (male and female), 1948-1954; register of admission (male), 1936-1951; register of admission (female), 1936-1949 and 1957-1961; register of transfers, discharges and deaths (male), 1936-1962; register of transfers, discharges and deaths (female), 1936-1950 and 1962-1964; register of male patients, 1973-1977; creed register, 1938-1947; registers of deaths, 1944-1963; post mortem registers, 1932-1959; card index of patient deaths, 1960-1980; registers of staff, 1902-1909 and 1930-1965 and The History of Tooting Bec Hospital by Sue Simmons, 1995.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

These records are arranged according to a classification scheme for hospital records: General Hospital Administration (A), Patients' Administration (B), Finance Office (D), Endowments (E), Related Documentation (Y) and Prints and Photographs (PH).

Conditions governing access:

These records are open to public inspection, although records containing personal and medical information concerning living individuals may be subject to access restrictions under the Data Protection Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: Depositor

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

ACC/3723, B97/119, B99/038, B02/003

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

The History of Tooting Bec Hospital by Sue Simmons, 1995.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
February 2009

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