Patient Case Study: Keech, Henry

In-patient, 1850


Hospital Dorset County Hospital Patient type In-patient
Number 1664 Date admitted 16 May 1850
Name Keech, Henry Renewed
Age 21 Under whose care Mr. Tapp
Occupation Labourer Disease Necrosis of tibia
Parish Swyre Discharged 11 Jul 1850
Recommended by The Duke of Bedford Outcome Cured
Source Dorset History Centre, Dorset County Hospital in-patient admissions register 1847-59, NG/HH/DO(C)/5/2/1



  1. 1851 census – Henry Keech, ag. lab., aged 20, unmarried, born Swyre, living with his parents and siblings in Swyre. [The National Archives, HO107/1861, folio 87, p. 6]
  1. “This is the last will of me  Henry Keech of the parish of Swyre in the County of Dorset … I also bequeath 100£ (one hundred pounds) to the Governors of the Dorset County Hospital to be invested by them in any way they think fit for the benefit of the hospital”. [Will of Henry Keech, who died 9 Mar 1906, proved on 12 Jul 1906 in the Principal Probate Registry, gross value of estate: £424 3s. 2d.]
  1. “The Rector of Swyre, an executor of the late Mr. Henry Keech, one of his parishioners, has forwarded a cheqye for £100 to the treasurer of the Dorset County Hospital, with a letter explaining that the deceased, when a youth, was an in-patient of the County Hospital, and left this sum to the Governors of the Institution “to be invested by them in any way they think fit for the benefit of the Hospital””. [Southern Echo, 8 Feb 1907, p.2]

Comment: This is an example of a patient’s long-remembered gratitude to the hospital for the treatment they received.