Belfast Ophthalmic and Benn Hospital Management Committee Minutes:


Bound, typed minute book listing those present at meetings, including women and covering topics such as finance, staff salaries, accommodation for nursing staff and matron's reports. For example, a matron's report noted 'that the present arrangements whereby female patients had to go into the male wards to view [television] was undesirable. ...Matron expressed satisfaction with her revised nursing establishment and felt that the present shortage of State enrolled assistant nurses might become less acute. She was not in favour of ward orderlies being employed on night duty', 13 September 1960. In another report matron noted ' that her nursing establishment was up to full strength and that the forty four hour week was being strictly complied with', 14 November 1961.

AccessBy prior appointment, some restrictions may apply.

Useful publications are R.S.J. Clarke, The Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast: A History, 1797-1997 (Belfast, 1997) and Peggy Donaldson, Yes Matron - A History of Nurses and Nursing at the Royal Victoria Hospital (Belfast, 1988).

Repository NameRoyal Victoria Hospital, Belfast
AddressPublic Record Office of Northern Ireland 2 Titanic Boulevard Titanic Quarter Belfast
UK Postal CodeBT3 9HQ
Telephone+44 28-9053-4800
Repository Web Address
CommentStaff of the Women's History Project constructed an outline list of the material held in this repository. Due to time constraints not all items in this repository were examined individually. The records of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, are now held in PRONI.