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Hewlett Packard 120

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1984 Hewlett Packard 120, series 100 personal



Donated by  Dr J Chalmers


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Double 3.5 inch floppy drives and matching HP printer, with manuals. There are also HP discs containing Word Processing, Database and Basic code. It was all working - so slowly compared with modern machinery - when it was put into storage and I have no reason to doubt that it still does. It was a very 'trendy' set up in its day, being pushed as having the same footprint as an open A4 file and having TWO !! 3.5 inch floppy drives !

I bought it as a very new GP looking to set up an Age/Sex/Morbidity register for the Practice. I was lucky to have a friend who worked for HP at the time and I was able to get the whole package at a 50% discount through him - but still handed over a cheque for £3,400 in 1985 !!

It took me about a year to learn basic coding and the principles of Database Management, but the machine became one of the first computers to be used daily in clinical General Practice, certainly in Fife. It was used as an Age/Sex register, a Morbidity Register, a Cervical Smear recall system and a Child Immunisation register. Our receptionist at the time, a lady in her 50's, was a native of the town where we worked. She mastered the use of the computer and was know to accost mums in the local shops reminding them that their 'Wee Jimmy' was overdue his Measles jab etc !! At a time when immunisation figures were dropping due to side effect scares, I have no doubt our old HP played no small part in our 100% immunisation rates.
Anyway, I have been loath to throw the old machine away.


Dr J Chalmers