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Our Lady's Hospital


The archives of Our Lady’s Hospital Ennis were acquired in 2002 under a joint project with the Mid Western Health Board. The hospital records are a microcosm for the social and economic conditions pertaining in Ennis and County Clare and are a valuable part of our county’s history. This is a large collection covering 108 linear feet. It took over a year to fully process the collection and the material is now available to the public. Closure periods have been agreed with the Health Service Executive (Mid-Western region) to protect the privacy of individuals.

The contents include:

OL1 – General Administration 1868 - 1981

Minute books 1874-1942

Rough Minute Books 1867 – 1888

Members Attendance Register 1884 – 1967

Visiting Committee Reports and Memoranda 1954 – 1969

Annual Estimate and Demand of Mental Hospital Committee 1940

Annual Reports 1932 – 1935

Correspondence 1867 – 1938

Resident Medical Superintendent 1911 – 1956

Inspector of Mental Hospital Reports 1951 – 1979

Reports submitted to Department of Local Government and Public Health 1916 – 1956

Managers’ Orders 1942 – 1966

General Administration 1897 – 1967

Reports and Inquiries into the Administration of Our Lady’s Hospital 1891 – 1968

Financial Administration 1899 – 1974

Farm Management and Ownership of Land at Drumcliffe, 1946 – 1981

Stores and Purchasing 1953 – 1955

Building Maintenance and Improvements 1897 – 1974

Dr Power Resident Medical Superintendent 1958 – 1968

Staffing 1913 – 1970

Patient Recreation, Amenities and Occupational Therapy 1948 – 1965

Patients 1951 – 1984 (finance; transfer to other institutions)

Visits to Our Lady’s Hospital 1964 – 1965

Mid-Western Health Board 1972 – 1979

OL2 - Financial Management 1865 – 1992

(19 items listed)

OL3 – Admissions, Discharges and Deaths

Registers of admissions 1868 – 1990 (including admission warrants from Ennis Gaol, 1868; committal forms 1868 – 1992; admission-refusals 1868 – 1900)

Control of Temporary Patients Extension Periods 1956 – 1994

Register of Discharges 1932 – 1989

Notices to Coroner 1961 – 1974

Post-mortem books 1947 – 1963

Medical Certificates – Causes of Death 1954 – 1974

OL4 – Ward Books 1934 – 1984

(including morning statement books 1934 – 1970; Assistant Medical Officers daily report books 1951 – 1954; casualty books 1953 – 1984; the Male Hospital and wards 1930 – 1984; the Female Hospital and wards 1936 – 1971; and the medical diet book 1945 – 1951)

OL5 – Patient Finance and Welfare

(including paying patients’ ledgers 1899 – 1995, patients’ private property, patients’ comfort fund 1963 – 1975)

OL6 – Clinical Records

Patient Case Books and Indexes 1885 – 1965

Medical Journals 1952 – 1960

Registers of Mechanical Restraint and Seclusion 1947 – 1965

Dangerous Drugs Books and Diary 1958 – 1983

Patient Case Files 1910 – 1970

OL7 – Hospital Provisions and Laundry 1950 – 1984

OL8 – Maps and Buildings 1963 – 1978

OL9 – Gatekeeper’s Books and Passes 1951 – 1960

OL10 – Hospital farm 1922 – 1977

Source:
Jaccqui Hayes. “OL/1-10. A descriptive list of the Our Lady’s Hospital Collection, compiled for Clare County Archives”. (Ennis: Clare County Council, December 2002.)

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