Bethesda Maternity Hospital
The Register of Patients, comprising of 24 volumes, record the following information: name, age, marital status and usual place of abode of patient; time and date of reception into hospital; name of medical practitioner attending; date of leaving hospital; death of patient (date and time); any diseases on admission or discharge; operations performed; name of operators; names of other persons present; short case history (clinical notes); date of confinement; result of the confinement (e.g.. living full term, still born, etc.); sex of infant; condition of infant at delivery and during stay in hospital. Each entry is signed by the Resident Manager.
Former residents and clients can access information about themselves after providing proof of identity. Access to information may be given to a third party providing they have written permission from the person to whom the information relates, can prove a connection with that person, or show evidence that the person is deceased. All other applications for access will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Access to information about adoptions is subject to the provisions of the NSW Adoption Act 2000.
Sources used to compile this entry: Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/files/2011/02/connectkin_guide1.pdf.
Prepared by: Melissa Downing
Created: 10 August 2011, Last modified: 10 March 2014