Patient Case Study: Cleal, Elizabeth

In-patient, 1857

HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS RECORD

Hospital Weymouth & Dorsetshire Eye Infirmary Patient type In-patient
Number Date admitted 1851 ?
Name Cleal, Elizabeth Renewed
Age 20 Under whose care
Occupation House servant Disease Unspecified eye condition
Parish Beaminster Discharged 1851 ?
Recommended by Outcome
Source The National Archives, 1851 census, HO107/1857, folio 235, p. 25

 

Hospital Dorset County Hospital Patient type In-patient
Number 3982 Date admitted 30 Jul 1857
Name Cleal, Elizth. Renewed
Age 26 Under whose care Mr. Tapp
Occupation None Disease Tumour on face
Parish Beaminster Discharged 3 Sep 1857
Recommended by Mr Ed. Fox Outcome Relieved
Source Dorset History Centre, Dorset County Hospital in-patient admissions register 1847-59, NG/HH/DO(C)/5/2/1

 

Hospital Dorset County Hospital Patient type In-patient
Number 4074 Date admitted 29 Oct 1857
Name Cleal, Elizabeth Renewed
Age 26 Under whose care Mr. Tapp
Occupation Assistant nurse Disease Cancer on face
Parish Beaminster Discharged 3 Dec 1857
Recommended by J. J. Trenchard Esqre. Outcome Cured
Source Dorset History Centre, Dorset County Hospital in-patient admissions register 1847-59, NG/HH/DO(C)/5/2/1

 

OTHER SOURCES

  1. 1851 census – Elizabeth Cleal, house servant, aged 20, unmarried, born Beaminster, an in-patient in the Weymouth and Dorsetshire Eye Infirmary. [The National Archives, 1851 census, HO107/1857, folio 235, p. 25]
  1. “EXCISION OF TUMOUR FROM FALL [sic, FACE]. Dorset County : Mr. Tapp.–Elizabeth Chal [sic, Cleal], aged 26, re-admitted October, 1857. Has never enjoyed good health. Had small-pox when four years old, and inflammation of eyes, which have never been well since ; she has some opacities on cornea, and has lost her eyelashes. States that two and a half years ago she noticed a tumour the size of a pea, situated near the articulation of the left molar with superior maxilla. It grew very slowly for two years, when it began to increase, and when admitted, three months ago, was the size of a walnut, and divided into two parts. Under the constant application of collodian it decreased to one-half its original size, and she left the Hospital September 3, 1857, much improved in every respect. The tumour remained quiet until three weeks before admission, when it began to grow, and has grown rapidly ; the two parts into which it was formerly divided have coalesced, and it is larger than it was on her first admission, the skin looking angry and ready to break. It was removed October 30, the day after admission, and the tumour upon examination was considered to be cancer. She left the Hospital, quite recovered, December 3, 1857.” [Medical Times & Gazette, 1858, new series, vol. 16, pp. 576-77]
  1. Later census returns show that Elizabeth Cleal was employed by the Eye Infirmary at which she had been a patient, as a general servant (1861) and as a nurse (1871). [The National Archives, 1861 census, RG9/1349, folio 130, p. 23; 1871 census, RG10/2001, folio 83, p. 35]
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