Hospital Records

Scope and Content

Hospital records, Pembrokeshire, 1898-1074, including records relating to Meyrick Hospital, Pembroke Cottage Hospital and the Isolation Hospital, Pembroke Dock, 1948-1952, Sealyham Hospital, 1948-1952, County War Memorial Hospital records, 1926-1973, records relating to Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, 1901-1961, including operation registers, 1931-1946, theatre registers, 1964-1979, newspaper cuttings, 1955-1957, records relating to Kensington Hospital, 1907-1973, records of St Thomas's Hospital, Haverfordwest, 1936-1965, records of Tenby Cottage Hospital, 1884-1974, Pembroke and District Cottage Hospital, 1913-1946, records of Sealyham Hospital, [c. 1922]-1967, and Welsh Board of Health records, 1962-1969.

Administrative / Biographical History

Prior to the creation of the National Health Service in 1948, there was a complex pattern of hospital provision in Pembrokeshire, supported by government and charitable funding, including isolation hospitals for the quarantining of saliors and tuberculosis hospitals. In Pembroke Dock, there were Meyrick Hospital, Pembroke Cottage Hospital and the Isolation Hospital, which later became South Pembrokeshire Maternity Hospital. The County War Memorial Hospital, Haverfordwest, was previously the Pembrokeshire and Haverfordwest Infirmary until 1916 and the Pembrokeshire County War Memorial Hospital from 1923 to 1935. Sealyham Hospital, St Dogwells, was a tuberculosis hospital under the care of the Tuberculosis Physician for Pembrokeshire, who was also responsible for Haverfordwest Tuberculosis Clinic and Kensington Hospital, St Brides. Sealyham Hospital was opened in 1923 by the King Edward VII Welsh National Memorial Association for the treatment of Tuberculosis. The hospital was transferred to the West Wales Hospital Management Committee with the arrival of the National Health Service in 1948 and it closed in the early 1960s. Tenby Cottage Hospital opened in the 1880s. The Welsh Board of Health was reponsible for strategic planning of healthcare in Wales under the National Health Service.


Arranged into the following: County War Memorial Hospital; Kensington Hospital; St Thomas's Hospital; Tenby Cottage Hospital; Pembroke and District Cottage Hospital; Sealyham Hospital records; and Welsh Board of Health files.

Access Information

There is a 100 years closure for any records containing medical information such as casualty registers, register of operations performed and pathology registers.

Acquisition Information

Transferred by H. Downes, District Administrator, in July 1974; received from M. Park, Pembrokeshire Health Authority, County Hospital, Haverfordwest, August 1982; transferred by Mrs Goodall, Chest Clinic, Withybush Hospital, in February 1984; Welsh Board of Health files in respect of Pembrokeshire deposited by the Glamorgan Record Office in September 1995.


Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Hospital Records, catalogue.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Pembrokeshire Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained. Duplicate annual reports of Pembroke and District Infirmary transferred to this colelction from T/CHA in February 1984.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further records are Carmarthen Record Office, T/HOS/1/38, Pembrokeshire Record Office, PCC/HE/7/7,12,13.