Useful Websites

Dorset OPC Home PageClick on the red link to access a particular website (opens in a new window).  If any of the links are broken, please send details via this site’s contact page.

Archaic Medical Terms is a useful site for definitions of Latin and English medical terms. See also Medical Terms Dissected, Defined and Explained.

Dorset County Hospital is the website for the modern NHS hospital in Dorchester. Note that the History of Dorset County Hospital website has no official connection with the modern NHS trust.

Dorset History Centre holds the early records for Dorset County Hospital (see the list of records).

Dorset Online Parish Clerks transcribe Dorset parish and other records and make these freely available to other researchers.

Historic Hospital Admission Registers Project (HHARP) provides access to nearly 120,000 admission records 1852-1914 for a small number of children’s hospitals in London and Glasgow. The patients include some Dorset children.

Hospital Records Database provides information on the existence and location of the historic records of UK hospitals.

London Metropolitan Archives is relevant as many of the doctors at Dorset County Hospital (and, later, some of the nurses) trained at London hospitals.  See the LMA’s guides on tracing medical practitioners and the history of nursing.

Pioneering Nurses is a database set up by King’s College London, giving details of one thousand British nurses.

Royal College of Nursing Archives has published digitized pages of The Nursing Record/British Journal of Nursing.

Royal College of Physicians Archives has produced a guide to family history research. The site includes a searchable database of Munk’s Lives of the Fellows.

Royal College of Surgeons Library and Archives includes a searchable database of Plarr’s Lives of the Fellows.

Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical lists Victorian medical journals.

The National Archives produces a guide to researching patients, doctors and nurses.

Voluntary Hospitals Database has statistical data on the voluntary hospitals.

Wellcome Library is the country’s foremost library for researching the history of medicine and healthcare.