HHARP News Archive
Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow to be added to HHARP
23 August 2010
The HHARP team at Kingston is pleased to announce the imminent launch of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow database on the HHARP website. The database, which covers the period 1883 (when the hospital opened) to 1903, contains over 11,000 admission records. It includes similar detail to that found in the other London-based HHARP hospitals, with more information in many cases on the patients' parents, including name of parent, occupation and religion. The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow (as it was then known) is now often as simply Yorkhill, which is its current location. The database follows the same structure as the existing databases, and uses the same standardisation and classification for diseases for ease of comparison. At the same time as loading the Glasgow dataset, a new compilation of articles will be added to the Historical Background section of website, providing some insights into the Alexandra Hip Hospital, the Evelina and the Glasgow hospital. With the addition of Glasgow, HHARP now provides access to 120,000 admission records to hospitals in London and Glasgow. The new website will also contain one or two new features, more details of these will be released closer to launch.
We hope to make the enhanced website available for use by mid September, so watch this space for more news of the launch.
New Website (hharp.org) and two additional hospitals launched
6 March 2010
The Small and Special team is very pleased to announce the launch of a new website, HHARP, which replaces Small and Special. The new website (www.hharp.org) maintains all the functionality and content of Small and Special, but includes TWO completely new databases based on admissions to two more children’s hospitals: the Evelina Hospital (now part of Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust) and a specialist hospital, the Alexandra Hospital for Children with Hip Disease, which treated children with diseases of hip joint – as its name suggests. Both hospitals were based in London, and the databases cover periods contemporary with that of the Great Ormond Street databases. Together they add a further 13,500 patient records to the collection, which now contains the details for over 100,000 patient admissions. The Small and Special url will remain active and be redirected to HHARP for several months, but to be sure not to lose us, change your bookmark now to www.hharp.org.
Further Plans for 2010: We have another children’s hospital, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, currently in the final stages of development, bringing a further 11,000 records and a new city to the resource. Keep watching for further announcements of its availability, and further enhancements planned for the site.
New website (hharp.org) and two additional hospitals coming soon
3 March 2010: We are very pleased to announce that in the next few weeks a new website will be launched which replaces Small and Special.
The website (www.hharp.org) maintains all the functionality and content of Small and Special, but will also include two completely new databases based on admissions to two more children’s hospitals, the Evelina Hospital (which is now part of Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS FoundationTrust) and a specialist hospital, the Alexandra Hospital for Children with Hip Disease, which treated children with diseases of hip joint – as its name suggests. Both hospitals were based in London, and the databases cover periods contemporary with that of the Great Ormond Street databases and add a further 13,500 patient records to the collection.
The Small and Special website will remain active as we manage the transition to HHARP, and both urls will be valid, www.smallandspecial.org being directed to the HHARP website once it is made live. Keep watching for further announcements of the arrival of this exciting new resource!
Over 10,000 new records added to HHARP database
18 November 2008
A major enhancement of the HHARP database has recently been completed with the addition of the admission records from its convalescent home, Cromwell House. As a result over 10,000 additional records have been added to the original database. The Cromwell House records cover the period 1869 (when it first opened) to 1904, and their addition to the database will enable users to track a child’s progress through the main hospital and out to the convalescent home in leafy Highgate.
Records relating to an original admission to the main hospital have been linked to subsequent moves to Cromwell House (and sometimes back again) enabling users to easily track a patient’s stay, which could last months and sometimes years. For an example of how this works, log onto the database (you will need to register if you have not done so already) and find records relating to John Bartlett, who was first admitted in August 1881, and has seven records relating to his stay between 17 August 1881 and 11 August 1882. Using the ‘Related Admissions’ links at the end of his first admission during this stay users can navigate through his subsequent admissions, between the hospital and the home, and between the chronic and convalescent wards at Cromwell House.
Search by Institution
The structure of the original database has been maintained, and the same standardisation has been applied to the new records as was used in the Great Ormond Street registers, enabling seamless cross institutional searching. A new field, ‘Institution’, has been added to the search form to allow users to restrict searches to one institution or the other, while the default setting is to search both.
A small number of Cromwell House records contained information on childhood diseases and vaccination against small pox. This information has been retained in the full record display, where it is shown at the end of the record, but it is not searchable.
HHARP is still completely free to access. The database now holds over 94,000 records relating to sick children and new articles continue to be added to the website. Please let us know what you think about the new database, and any suggestions you have for how we could further improve the website, by using the Contact Us form.
User Comments and Questions
The following articles were added to the website in Summer 2008. Click on each one to view the article:
- Robert Bridges - physician to the hospital and poet laureate (Doctors)
- Clara Richardson – (Patients)
- Tom Garvey – updated (Patients)
- Fresh Air – the hospital’s outdoor places (Buildings)
- Like a Second Home – tales of some long stay patients (Patients)
- Parents and Children – changing attitudes to parents as visitors (Patients)
- The Founders – a biography of the Provisional Committee (General)
- The Almoner – the work of the hospital’s early social workers (General)
- Robert Bridges (Doctors)
- Clara Richardson (Patients)
- Henry Bence Jones (General)
- Balcony on the Victorian Building (Buildings)
- Miss Salmon, Almoner (General)
1 November 2007
Kingston University/Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children announce the launch of a unique website, Small and Special.
On 1 November 2007, the Board Room at Great Ormond Hospital for Children will host a launch event for Small and Special. The launch will be attended by members of the Hospital's staff, representatives from the Wellcome Trust, Kingston University (and its team of volunteers) and colleagues from the world of genealogy, archives and museums. The event is intended to raise the profile of this unique web resource, so please remember to pass on the url to anyone who might be interested.