Manchester Victoria Memorial Jewish Hospital

  • Reference
      GB 133 MMC/9/19
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 J b 15
  • Dates of Creation
      1905-1968
  • Physical Description
      5 series, 29 items

Scope and Content

Note: the Medical Collection does not include any official records of this hospital. This includes any records relating to patient admissions, treatment and discharge. A small number of the Hospital's records are held by Manchester Archives and Local Studies, Central Library, St. Peter's Square, Manchester.

Mostly annual reports, and documents relating to staff and medical services.

Administrative / Biographical History

Manchester Victoria Memorial Jewish Hospital, Elizabeth Street, was a voluntary hospital for the sick poor founded in 1904 as a cottage hospital with ten beds. Money to build and run was largely raised from the local Jewish community, and the Hospital fostered a Jewish atmosphere with kosher food, doctors who could converse with immigrants. The Jewish Hospital also provided medical attention to the Jewish Fresh Air Home. However, the Hospital itself treated people of any religion and was entirely non-sectarian in its admission policies. The Hospital grew quickly with ten more beds added in 1905 and a new wing built in 1908 which brought the number of beds up to thirty nine. The land which the Hospital had previously rented was donated to the Hospital in 1920 and a new block was built in the 1920s giving the Hospital sixty two beds. Manchester Jewish Hospital was very popular; it was the only general hospital in the area and dealt with large numbers of accidents. It was a state registered training school for nurses and post-graduate school for medical men. In the 1920s the Hospital opened massage and x-ray departments. The hospital was modernised and a large extension was opened in 1933 bringing the number of beds to 102, including some wards for private patients. The growing specialisation of hospitals can be seen in the new ENT ward which was built in 1935. From 1985 the Jewish Hospital only took out-patients; it closed in 1992.

Bibliography

F. Barnes, 'The development of Manchester Victoria Memorial Jewish Hospital', Social Welfare, volume II, 1933-1935, pp 47-48.