A new Web site provides historical admission record transcriptions from Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London.
The free Small and Special database contains information on more than 85,000 patient admissions from the hospital’s opening in February 1852, through 1914.
You can do a simple search on a name and birth year (exact or choose a range) on the home page. Or, click Search on the left of the page to search on other parameters such as patient’s address, admission date and disease.
Results show the patient’s name, age and address; illness, outcome (such as “died” or “relieved”), admission and discharge dates, and case notes (if any). You have to register with the site to see details such as case notes.
Under the left-hand Gallery link, you can browse photographs. Click Library to see articles about the hospital, staff, and patients such as little Minnie Ashman, who suffered from empyema.