Administrative poison book

Scope and Content

This volume seems to be just a list of medicine requested for particular patients. At the top of each page there is the name of a specific type of drug/medicine, e.g. morphine, hyoscine compound A, physeptone tabs, or omnopon. Below this is a table with the following details:

  • Date;
  • Patient name;
  • Quantity (of drug);
  • Ordered by (name of staff member);
  • Given by (name of staff member).

Sometimes a ward number is provided next to the patient's name. There seems to be an index of the different kinds of drugs listed in the volume on the first page.

Conditions Governing Access

These volumes contain patient names and are therefore closed for 75 years under the Data Protection Act

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Mould has been removed but the volume is in poor condition. Cover is coming away from the pages and some of the front pages are very fragile and have been damaged by water or by mould. Some pages are also stuck together and the text has faded.