Sources for medical research

The Archives and related local bodies have in their care several runs of local patient case records. These include two runs covering periods of over 100 years (psychiatric) and three of 50 years (ophthalmic, general and maternity). As most cover local families there may be implications for research into genetic relationships.

Where records are not available for general access potential researchers would be required to make a detailed application to the appropriate senior officers or committee so that matters of confidentiality and data protection can be considered. There is no guarantee that permission would be granted.