It is the 65th anniversary of the NHS on Friday the 12th of July and to mark the occasion here is a list of my Top 5 Medical History pages. Not as exciting as visiting a local history library but just as helpful! It is useful to remember that some hospitals are the sole repository for their own records and defunct medical establishments, so it is best to search for the hospital individually at first. For instance St Bartholomew Hospital in London has its own museum and contains a very large collection of medical records.
1. Voluntary Hospital Database
If you are unsure what hospitals existed in the area, and are starting from complete scratch, this is a good place to start. It lists all the hospitals in an area, for example somerset in map format so you can focus your research.
The National Archive website is my go to site when starting research into anything! This particular search will tell you were the archives for the institutions are located, invaluable to any budding family historian.
This database allows you to search the names of patients in 120,000 admission records in London and Glasgow between 1852 and 1914. Lovely stuff.
The Wellcome library is a fascinating repository of all things medical. The collections include a variety of things from medical treatise to hospital accounts and ledgers. It can be hard to find records though, try under archives and manuscripts to begin with.
This site has information on medical treatment received in the military, interesting stuff.
There are of course many other sites out there, and none of them beat the thrill of heading down to a local archive for a good nose. However if you feel you need more help, please contact us and we will try to help with a free 30 minute consultation! Happy researching people.