Catalogue description Jessop Hospital for Women, Sheffield

This record is held by Sheffield City Archives

Details of NHS12
Reference: NHS12
Title: Jessop Hospital for Women, Sheffield

Administration 1863 - 2000


NHS12/1/1 Board of Governors minutes, 1863 - 1971


NHS12/1/2 Committees, 1878 - 1981


NHS12/1/3 Reports, 1896 - 1948


NHS12/1/4 Correspondence, 1892 - 1973


NHS12/1/5 United Sheffield Hospitals, 1957 - 1971


NHS12/1/6 & apos;Born in Sheffield& apos; photographs and papers. 1923 - 2000


NHS12/1/7 Publicity, 1873 - 1997


NHS12/1/8 Papers relating to history of hospital, [mid 19th century] - 1983


NHS12/1/9 Photographs, 1906 - 1955


NHS12/1/10 Printed miscellanea, 1874 - 1974


Land and Buildings 1916 - 1973


NHS12/2/1 Registers of tenders, 1955 - 1973


NHS12/2/2 Plans, 1927 - 1964


NHS12/2/3 Norton Hospitals estate, 1932 - 1944


NHS12/2/4 Correspondence, 1916 - 1950


Finance 1896 - 1968


NHS12/3/1 Ledgers and accounts, 1915 - 1936


NHS12/3/2 Cash Received books, 1919 - 1951


NHS12/3/3 Petty cash books, 1942 - 1968


NHS12/3/4 Salaries and wages, 1915 - 1948


NHS12/2/5 Salaries and wages: superannuation scheme, 1933 - 1946


NHS12/2/6 Legacies, endowments and other funds, 1896 - 1968


Stores and Equipment 1941 - 1975


NHS12/4/1 Papers and reports, 1941 - 1975


Establishment 1902 - 1986


NHS12/5/1 Medical staff, 1917 - 1973


NHS12/5/2 Matron, 1950 - 1970


NHS12/5/3 Midwifery and nursing staff, 1914 - 1973


NHS12/5/4 Pupil midwives, 1916 - 1973


NHS12/5/5 Theatre staff, 1961 - 1971


NHS12/5/6 Staffing matters, 1936 - 1983


NHS12/5/7 Individual staff, 1902 - 1986


Patients 1879 - 1990


NHS12/6/1 Gynaecology Department: In-patients, 1885 - 1990


NHS12/6/2 Gynaecology Department: Out-patients, 1886 - 1934


NHS12/6/3 Maternity Department, 1879 - 1987


NHS12/6/4 In-patient general admissions, 1986


NHS12/6/5 Patient statistics, 1948 - 1988


Sheffield and District Midwife Teachers& apos; Group 1949 - 1990


NHS12/7/1 Branch and district minutes, 1949 - 1990


NHS12/7/2 Executive committee minutes, 1950 - 1987


NHS12/7/3 Membership, [1949] - 1989


NHS12/7/4 Finance, 1952 - 1989


University of Sheffield 1995 - 1996


NHS12/8/1 School of Nursing and midwifery copy minutes, 1995 - 1996

Date: 1863 - 2000
Related material:

Registers of baptisms at parish of St George, Brook Hill, which include private baptisms at Jessop Hospital for Women, late 19th century - 1960 (PR62)


Particulars of person recommended [as patients], 1899-1911 (ACM/S530/1)


Charity accounts, 1901-1946 (SY614/K73/42)


Case notebook of pupil nurse Sandford of maternity cases, giving details of mother and child before, during, and after birth, 20 May-18 August 1910 (Acc. 2004/81)


United Sheffield Hospitals and predecessor organisations, including Norton Hospitals Estate, 1922 - 1974 (NHS28)


Handwritten summary of gynaecological operations carried out in 1925 and 1947 possibly by John Eric Stacey, assistant registrar (MD7625)


Nurses& apos; salaries book [not definitely identified as relating to Jessop Hospital], 1929 - 1933 (Acc. 2007/126)


Correspondence and papers including re Linen League, 1930-1948; printed annual reports 1931-1946 (CA665/14)


Case notebook of pupil midwife Sara Clayton Birley, May-October 1934 (Acc. 2005/33)


Pamphlet relating to laying the hospital extension& apos;s foundation stone, 1938 (MD6874/10)


Notebooks of Barbara Ford, midwife, 1956 (Acc. 1999/59)


Papers of Dr Shiela Duncan, retired consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology: Jessop& apos;s Women Medical Staff Committee minutes 1969-96; Area & District Division of O& G minutes 1976-96 (Acc. 1998/131)


& apos;The History of Radiology and Radiography in the United Sheffield Hospitals& apos; by W. H. J. Coombs, 1981 (Acc. 2005/88)


Items received as part of Accession 2001/8 to be transferred to the Yorkshire Film Archive, York:


7 cine films, all bar one undated: & apos;Estimation of Foetal Maturity& apos; & apos;Breast feeding& apos;, made by Camera Talks Ltd; & apos;The Bond of breast feeding& apos; edited by Franco Rosso, produced by Julian Aston; & apos;Where Love Ends& apos;, Drummer Films Ltd, 1980; & apos;Happy Family Planning& apos;, Wexler Film Production; & apos;Ourselves Before Birth& apos;, MacMillan Film Productions Ltd; unidentified film probably relating to aspects of midwifery


VHS video: & apos;Every Day a Birthday& apos;, The Production Outfit Ltd, undated

Held by: Sheffield City Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Physical description: 515 items
Access conditions:

Information in staff and patient records may be subject to access restrictions under the Data Protection Act, or may be subject to exemptions from the Freedom of Information Act. For further information please refer to a member of staff.

Publication note:

& apos;The History of Hallamshire& apos; by Joseph Hunter and Alfred Gatty, 1869 (Sheffield Archives HUN O LOCAL)


& apos;Hospital Survey: Sheffield and East Midlands area& apos;, Ministry of Health, 1945 (Sheffield Local Studies 362 SQ)


& apos;Born in Sheffield: a history of the Women& apos;s Health Services 1864-2000& apos; by Helen Mathers and Tania McIntosh (Sheffield Archives HEALTH MAT)


& apos;The Central Sheffield Hospitals: A Corporate Strategy 1993-1998& apos;, 1992 (Sheffield Local Studies 362.11 SQ)


& apos;Central Sheffield University Hospitals NHS Trust: Corporate Strategy 1999/2000-2003/4& apos;, 1999 (Sheffield Local Studies 362.11 SQ)

  • Norton Annexe
Administrative / biographical background:

Sheffield Hospital for Women, Figtree Lane, Sheffield, 1864 - 1878


Jessop Hospital for Women, Leavygreave Road, Sheffield, 1878 - 2001


The Sheffield Hospital for Women opened in a leased house (annual rent: £600) in Figtree Lane on 29 June 1864, with objectives to & apos;attend cases of midwifery and the diseases peculiar to women& apos;.


The importance of establishing a hospital for women in Sheffield had been agreed at a meeting on 12 December 1863, chaired by Thomas Jessop, Mayor and Master Cutler.


The original accommodation (six beds) soon proved inadequate and in 1874 Thomas Jessop provided funds for an entirely new building. The building and equipping of premises in Gell Street/Leavygreave Road was completed four years later, and when the hospital transferred there, under the title of the Jessop Hospital for Women, it could accommodate 57 in-patients and provide assistance to out-patients. Extensions were made in 1902 and 1918 and by 1920 the Diseases of Women Department provided 64 beds, the Maternity Department 28 beds and there were 25 cots.


The Firth Auxiliary Hospital opened as an auxiliary to Jessop Hospital in October 1927 in the converted Norton Hall. The hall, with land, had been donated to the four Sheffield voluntary hospitals by Colonel Bernard Firth in 1925, as a site for a new hospital where the services of the Royal Hospital, Royal Infirmary and the Jessop Hospital would be amalgamated. The later decision to build in the city centre changed this, leaving the Jessop Hospital to take on sole use of the site. It could house 45 antenatal and fever cases.


The main hospital was severely damaged in an air raid in 1940 and new buildings were completed in 1943. By 1948 there were 211 beds including 47 at the Firth Auxiliary Hospital, Norton, where there was a special provision for the treatment of puerperal sepsis in an open air ward. Closure of the Firth Auxiliary Hospital, (also known as the Norton Annexe) was discussed in April 1969. It eventually closed in 1972 and was later used as a private clinic.


A new Out-patient Department was opened at the main hospital in 1953. Sheffield University& apos;s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology was sited at Jessop Hospital.


Jessop Hospital closed in January 2001 - five years later than planned - and The Jessop Wing (at first also known as Stone Grove after the crescent of houses demolished to make way for it) was opened, linked to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, in February 2001. The official start of building at the Stone Grove site was 5 July 1998, the 50th anniversary of the NHS. The Jessop Wing brought together on one site all the city& apos;s obstetric, gynaecology and neonatal services, which had formerly been provided at the Jessop Hospital for Women, the Northern General Hospital and Nether Edge Hospital (which had closed in 1991).




As a voluntary hospital, management was vested in a board of 12 elected governors who in turn annually elected a president, two vice-presidents, the honorary medical officers and other officers. Property was vested in five trustees.


At the establishment of the National Health Service (NHS) in 1948 (National Health Service Act, 1946), the Jessop Hospital for Women and the other former voluntary hospitals in Sheffield were brought together for administrative purposes into one group as The United Sheffield Hospitals, under a Board of Governors.


This group was abolished at the reorganisation of the NHS in 1974 when Sheffield Area Health Authority (Teaching) was established as one of the health areas within the new Trent Regional Health Authority. Jessop Hospital was in the Central District (Teaching) of SAHA. Following a redistricting exercise in summer 1978 when the three districts (North, Central and South) were formed into two, Jessop Hospital was placed in the Southern District.


Further reorganisation of the NHS in 1982 abolished the Area as a tier of management and the Sheffield districts were amalgamated as Sheffield Health Authority; responsiblity for the hospital& apos;s administration was thus brought under a management team of Sheffield Health Authority (SHA), within Trent Regional Health Authority.


In the internal market created in 1991 the HAs purchased services from the hospitals which, following the NHS and Community Care Act, 1990, were encouraged to become self-governing trusts. The Central Sheffield University Hospitals, of which Jessop Hospital was part, was established as the Central Sheffield University Hospitals NHS Trust by statutory order in force on 1 April 1992, to own and manage hospital accommodation and services provided at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and associated hospitals. That Trust merged with Weston Park Hospital NHS Trust on 1 April 1999 to become a major teaching hospital, with improved close relations with the Northern General Hospital.


Jessop Hospital closed in January 2001 and the Jessop Wing, linked to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, was opened on 3 February 2001. The Central Sheffield University Hospitals NHS Trust was dissolved in 2001 as was the Northern General Hospital NHS Trust, and both these were replaced by the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (established 2001), which itself became a Foundation Trust on 1 July 2004.

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