Health Care

Background Research Behind Huthwaite Care

Appearance and advancements made in Huthwaite Health care is a subject not readily identified amongst earliest 19th century Gazetteers, nor barely mentioned by most of our past historians. A little wider research was thus needed to gain some understanding of the separate fields of medicine covered here. Specialist websites can authoritatively span a world history, such as dating various influential discoveries and British Acts of Parliament. Here simply introduces a broad understanding behind references relating to Huthwaite.

Private nursing, various medicinal remedies and basic surgery can all be found dating way back throughout ancient civilisations. Wartime injuries through the Middle Ages encouraged some last hope of surviving equally gruesome surgical practices, when Barbers fulfilled general duties of surgeon and dentist. Amid 16th century leadership is around time when Britain realised there are benefits in promoting care to keep a healthy population. It took three more centuries before science could fully dismiss all mystical reasons for disease, although spiritual faith still claimed a big part in recovery until trusting late 20th century surgeons.

Parish Poor Laws and Workhouses

Poor sanitation was identified as major cause for inviting disease. But when the rising population numbers were confirmed by national census, attention turned to the spiraling costs handed out in parish poor relief. Unemployment and illness fed bad diets, and these poor farmlands among a Hucknall-under-Huthwaite hamlet struggled to support its dependant workers inside a largely agricultural parish of Sutton-in-Ashfield.   Passing 19th century Poor Laws by Act of Parliament kept responsibility among each parish government to provide some form of suitably employed care for all its dependents. This would also restrict relocation into another parish, so anyone wishing to move area must therefore prove they would not transfer burden onto local tax payers. But smaller rural parishes still found difficulty covering the necessary costs, which led further Acts into granting rights for larger Union Workhouses suiting destitute cases termed as inmates.

Apothecary Druggist Chemist Pharmacy

Old role of an apothecary developed from a spicer or pepperer trade, related to a Grocers Guild. They grew herbs and mixed various obnoxious ingredients in the preparation of rudimentary medicinal remedies. Apothecaries eventually formed their own Society having won recognition as a true medical profession. Freely examining patients managed to realise a profit by only charging for their own uniquely prescribed medicines. Filling same general role before affording doctors and dentists next came qualified Druggists and Chemists. These saw out the hand mixed tablets and unregulated advertising of claimed miracle cures, as mass production of standardised and scientifically improved medicines started to breed a giant pharmaceutical industry. Pharmacists can now be seen largely dispensing pre-packaged prescriptions, although stocking, measuring and distribution of all drugs demands a highly regulated profession. And staff are qualified to offer personal medicinal advice when providing treatment for common illnesses.

999 Emergency Line

The General Post Office established this nationally recognised emergency telephone number circa June 1937. Less than four years after Sutton Urban District Councillors took possession of their first motor ambulance, and some years before recognising our nearest Accident and Emergency Department in the vastly extended Mansfield General Hospital. The chosen number had been intended to automatically trigger an operators alarm prioritising all emergency services. Adding wider coastguard and mountain rescue services to Ambulance, Police and Fire Brigade requests realised the numerous BT call centres in 2012 handled a weekly average of 597,000 emergency calls. TV programmes since dramatise its huge abuse.


Written 15 Sep 13 Revised 25 Apr 15 © by Gary Elliott