Patient Case Study: Giles, Charles

In-patient, 1856

HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS RECORD

Hospital Dorset County Hospital Patient type In-patient
Number 3569 Date admitted 8 May 1856
Name Giles, Charles Renewed
Age 58 Under whose care Dr. Cowdell
Occupation Labourer Disease Dyspepsia
Parish Blandford Discharged 29 May 1856
Recommended by Blandford Coll[ection] Outcome Relieved
Source Dorset History Centre, Dorset County Hospital in-patient admissions register 1847-59, NG/HH/DO(C)/5/2/1

 

Hospital Salisbury Infirmary Patient type In-patient
Number Date admitted 25 Oct 1856
Name Charles Giles Renewed
Age Under whose care
Occupation Disease
Parish Discharged 27 Dec 1856
Recommended by Blandford Union Outcome Made out-patient
Note Medical patient
Source Wiltshire and Swindon Archives, Salisbury Infirmary secretary’s register 1852-58, J8/170/1, 25 Oct 1856 and 27 Dec 1856

 

Hospital Salisbury Infirmary Patient type Out-patient
Number Date admitted 25 Dec 1856
Name Charles Giles Renewed
Age Under whose care
Occupation Disease
Parish Discharged 11 Apr 1857
Recommended by Outcome Discharged
Source Wiltshire and Swindon Archives, Salisbury Infirmary secretary’s register 1852-58, J8/170/1, 27 Dec 1856 and 11 Apr 1857

 

OTHER SOURCES

  1. 1851 census – Charles Giles, ag lab, aged 52, married, born Tarrant Hinton, living at West End, Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire. His wife, Hannah, aged 59, was living as a lodger in the home of William Shaddock, in Tarrant Monkton, Dorset. [The National Archives, HO107/1848, folio 358, p. 12; HO107/1853, folio 483, p. 19]
  1. In 1856 he twice received extra poor relief from Blandford Poor Law Union because he had pyrosis (a painful, burning feeling in the chest caused by stomach acid flowing back into the oesophagus, usually known as heartburn):

26 Apr 1856: Relief was given to the following able-bodied paupers: Giles   Charles   Blandford   Pyrosis

16 Aug 1856: Relief was given to the following able-bodied paupers: Giles  Charles   Union Bldfd [Blandford]   Pyrosis

[Dorset History Centre, Guardians’ minute book, Blandford Union, BG/BF/A/1/7, pp. 387 and 433]

  1. Charles Giles, agricultural labourer, aged 57, died of schirrhus of the pylorus (certified) on 16 Feb 1858 at New Buildings, Blandford. [General Register Office death certificate]

 

Note: This case shows a focus on the symptoms (heartburn, dyspepsia) rather than the underlying cause (a tumour in the digestive system). It also provides an example of a patient using both Dorset County Hospital and Salisbury Infirmary, and receiving support from the local Poor Law Union during his illness.

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