West Park Hospital was opened on 20 June 1924.
West Park Hospital became part of the newly formed Surrey Heartlands NHS Trust in 1995 but much of the hospital is now closed, except for a few administration buildings, and awaiting re-development.
Important: please note that any patient records less than 100 years old and staff records less than 75 years old are likely to have access restrictions. Individual records are not available to view through this website. For details on viewing records please see the Access To Mental Hospital Records page.
The main accession numbers to find records for West Park Hospital at Surrey History Centre are 6280, 6294, 6366, 6380, 6423, 7329, 7604 and 7856. Click on the links to see the individual catalogues of these accessions which provide item descriptions.
The principal series of records held at Surrey History Centre and relating to individual patients are as follows, although there are gaps in some series.
Alphabetical Registers, 1924-1988
These include patient’s date of admission; general reference no; name of patient; chargeability or area no; present status; date of departure/removal/discharge/death
Admission Registers, 1924-1990
These provide information relating to patients’ names, reference numbers, date of admission, date of reception order, date of continuation of the order, sex, marital status, occupation, address, union, county or borough to which chargeable, form of mental disorder, supposed cause and duration of attacks, bodily health and the date of discharge, removal or death. The names of hospitals from which or to which a patient was transferred are also given.
Discharge/Transfer Registers, 1924-1988
The details included in each register comprise the date of discharge or transfer, date of last admission and the name of patient, stating whether private or pauper. If the patient was discharged the new address was given. If the patient was transferred to another asylum the name of that institution was noted. Medical details were only provided of those patients who were discharged ‘recovered’.
Death Registers, 1924-1988
These provide details of the date of death, the date of last admission, the number of the patient in the civil register, the name of the patient and whether they were private or pauper, their sex, age, the duration of their last attack of mental illness, the forms of their disorder on admission and at death, the principal and contributory causes of death and whether these were confirmed by a post-mortem. For registers of the Horton Cemetery that served all of the Epsom Cluster hospitals between c.1902 and 1955, see 6376. An index to these registers has been prepared by Surrey History Centre volunteers, Mike and Gill Couper.
Post-Mortem Registers, 1924-1957
Funeral Registers, 1957-1962; 1978-1985
Patient Case Files, 1924-1940
Staff Records, 1924-1979