Series VPRS 7721
Register of Patients
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Date Range: Series 1866 - 1871
  Series in Custody 1866 - 1871
  Contents 1866 - 1871
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1866 - 1871 Collingwood Asylum VA 2851
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2009 - cont Department of Health III VA 4921
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  • How to use the Records
    This series has been digitised and is available online. Access to the digitised records is available via the physical records details pages.

    Consult the Consignment Details List and order in the volume covering the time period of interest. Each volume of these registers contains an index by patient name which gives a reference to the number of the page of that volume upon which the patient's entry will be found.

  • Function / Content
    Register of Patients

    From at least 1845 and the proclamation of An Act for the Regulation of the Care and Treatment of Lunatics (8 & 9 Vic c.100), public asylums and licensed houses were required to maintain a Register of Patients. Initially the register maintained by licensed houses was officially known as the Book of Admissions. In some institutions the Register was also known as an Admissions Register or as an Admission and Discharge Register and these terms were sometimes stamped on the volumes.

    Immediately upon the admission of a person to an asylum, the clerk of the asylum was required to make an entry in the Register of Patients. Details recorded included:

    patient's name
    date of admission
    admission number
    date of last previous admission
    age
    marital status
    occupation
    previous place of abode
    religion, and
    once examined by a medical officer, the form of mental disorder and state of physical health.

    Further details were entered in the register on the death, transfer or discharge of a patient. Institutions were also required to maintain a separate Register of Discharges, Removals and Deaths, usually known as a Discharge Register.

    The format of the Register of Patients, which was specified in a schedule to the Lunacy Statute and succeeding legislation, changed little until the proclamation of the Mental Health Act 1959 in 1962.

    The record then became officially known as the Register of Patients and Discharge Register and included information about the types of admission. The following five types of admission were specified under sections 41 to 49 of the Mental Health Act 1959.

    - Voluntary Boarders (V) were those who entered the hospital at their own request or, if under the age of 16 at the request of a parent or guardian and on the opinion of a medical practitioner.

    - Recommended (R) and Approved (A) Patients. A person could be admitted upon the recommendation set out in a prescribed form, of a medical practitioner who had examined the person. As soon as possible after admission the superintendent of the hospital was required to examine the patient and either approve the recommended admission or discharge the patient.

    - Judicial Admissions (J). Upon information provided on oath before a justice that a mentally ill person was not receiving proper care, or could not support himself/herself or had committed an offence, and after examination by two medical practitioners, an order could be made for the person to be admitted to or detained in a mental hospital.

    - Security Patients (S) were those who had been detained in a gaol but were transferred to a mental hospital upon being determined to be mentally ill.

    The post 1962 Registers of Patients also included information previously recorded in a separate Discharge Register, e.g. institution to which the patient was transferred; assigned cause of death where applicable. However some institutions continued to maintain a separate Discharge Register.

    Register of Patients - Collingwood

    This series consists of the Register of Patients for the Collingwood Asylum. It is arranged chronologically by date of admission and has an alphabetical index of patients' names which gives page references.

    Details recorded include date of last/previous admission, number in order of admission, the patient's full name, age, sex, marital status, previous place of abode and the date of the Medical certificates provided. Details concerning the form of mental disorder, the supposed cause of insanity and the type and duration of attack are also given, as is the date of discharge, removal or death.

    The register can be used to locate patient histories in the Male and Female Case Books (VPRS 7404) which are arranged by date of admission.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Volumes were arranged in chronological order by date of admission.

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