TitleRecords of Summerfield Hospital
Date1864 - 1974
FormatCubic metres
AccessStatusPartially closed (Content)
AccessConditionsRecords containing sensitive information about patients or members of staff are closed for 100 or 80 years respectively from the date of the last entry. Please see item level records for details.
AdminHistoryThe institution that became Summerfield Hospital began as the Birmingham Union Workhouse, which moved from its original site in Lichfield Street to Winson Green in 1852. In 1885 the Guardians decided to build a separate workhouse infirmary on an adjacent site, and this developed into a separate institution, later called Dudley Road Hospital (see HC DR), which catered primarily for those who were chargeable by reason of sickness. The workhouse continued to have a medical role, however, in providing for geriatric and venereal cases, as well as accommodating the able-bodied poor and vagrants.

In 1911-12 the boundaries of the Birmingham Union were expanded to match those of the City, and the workhouse was renamed Western Road House. In 1930 both the Workhouse and Dudley Road Hospital passed into the control of City Council's Public Assistance Committee under the Local Government Act 1929, which redesignated workhouses as public assistance institutions. In 1935 Western Road House was again renamed, this time as the Birmingham Infirmary; confusingly, it was also sometimes referred to as Western House and as Dudley Road Infirmary. By this time the former workhouse was mainly used to house the chronically sick elderly poor, although entries in the creed and baptism registers indicate that the Infirmary was still used to temporarily house younger people (particularly women going there to give birth or shortly after the birth of a child) until the early 1950s.

In 1948, control of both Hospital and Infirmary passed to the newly created National Health Service, and they were administered by the Dudley Road Hospital Management Committee. The name of the former workhouse was also changed again, this time to Summerfield Hospital, and the hospital continued to develop as a geriatric centre.

In 1974 Summerfield Hospital was incorporated into Dudley Road Hospital (now City Hospital), when it became Dudley Road Department of Geriatric Medicine. It was not until changes in social services provision for the elderly were introduced in 1984, meaning that long-term care was provided through residential and nursing homes, that the former Summerfield Hospital was finally closed.

HC SM/1 Visitors report books
HC SM/2 Medical Officers report books
HC SM/3 Master's report to Works Sub-Committee


HC SM/4/1 Record of staff experience and reports on performance
HC SM/4/2 Record of starting and leaving dates of staff.


HC SM/5 Chaplain's report book
HC SM/6 Register of baptisms
HC SM/7 Registers of religious creed


HC SM/8 Admissions Registers
HC SM/9 Admissions and Discharge Registers
HC SM/10 Registers of diagnosis on admission
HC SM/11 Register of Deaths
HC SM/12 Mortuary register
HC SM/13 Discharge Reports
HC SM/14 Medical Officers Re-examinations
HC SM/15 Portraits and Descriptions
HC SM/16 Record of Tobacco issued to patients
Related MaterialFor additional records of the management of the workhouse before 1930, see GP B, records of the Birmingham Board of Guardians.
For additional records relating to the management of the Public Assistance Institution see BCC/1/CD, records of Birmingham City Council Public Assistance Committee.
For additional records relating to the post-1948 management of the hospital see MS 702, records of the West Birmingham Hospital Management Committee.
For records of Dudley Road Hospital see HC DR.
CreatorNameSummerfield Hospital, formerly Birmingham Union Workhouse, Western Road House, Birmingham Infirmary
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