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Southfield Sanatorium case notes, 1921-1974

Identifier: LHB41 CC/1

Scope and Contents

Case notes for patients treated in Southfield Sanatorium, with correspondence, charts, reports, forms, medical drawings, photographs and other records noted where relevant. Details recorded in this catalogue include the patient's occupation, location, age at first examination, and date of first examination. Up to three key medical conditions are recorded as written in the record, this may include presenting symptoms or diagnoses. A positive or negative family history of tuberculosis is recorded if taken. The type of treatment given is classified as surgical, nonsurgical, or no treatment, and an outcome is given where recorded.

Sir Robert Philip's classification system for tuberculosis is often used in place of a diagnosis of tuberculosis. The letter L, followed by a number, is used to describe the severity of the local lesion, while S, capital or lower case, indicates the severity of the systemic disturbance. Therefore L1s indicates an early local process with equivalent systemic disturbance, while L3S indicates a case of extensive lung disorder. For the purposes of indexing in this catalogue, L is assumed to refer to a lung lesion unless specified otherwise.

All inpatients at Southfield Sanatorium would have been subject to a sanatorium regime of rest and gradual increases in exercise, which is classified here as 'no treatment'. The sanatorium had limited surgical facilities, and only aspiration, artficial pneumothorax, and pneumoperitoneum were given at Southfield; patients requiring other treatment were sent elsewhere, and these procedures have not been recorded in this catalogue. Nonsurgical treatment refers to any other treatment given, which may include immobilisation in a plaster shell, ultraviolet light therapy, breathing exercises, silence, gold therapy, tuberculin, or chemotherapy (particularly with antibiotics after 1948).


  • Creation: 1921-1974

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Conditions Governing Access

Public access to these records is governed by the UK Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, and the current Records Management: NHS Code of Practice (Scotland). Whilst some records may be accessed freely by researchers, the aforementioned legislation and guidelines mean that records containing sensitive information on named individuals may be closed to the public for a set time. Where records contain information relating to named deceased adults, they will be open 75 years after the latest date referenced in the record, on the next 01 January. Records containing sensitive information on individuals below 18 years of age or adults not proven to be deceased will be open 100 years after the latest date recorded in the record, on the next 01 January. Further information on legislation and guidelines covering medical records can be found on the LHSA webpage.

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Biographical / Historical

Southfield Sanatorium was opened as part of the Edinburgh Scheme of tuberculosis prevention and care in the 1920s in a former manor house in Liberton.


1064 items


Records have not been rearranged.

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Related Materials

LHSA holds four related case note collections:

  1. LHB41 CC/2 (Royal Victoria Dispensary for Diseases of the Chest Case Files)
  2. LHB41 CC/3 (Regional Hospital Board National X-Ray Campaign Recall Letters)
  3. LHB41 CC/3a (Regional Hospital Board National X-Ray Campaign Case Files)
  4. LHB41 CC/4 (Royal Victoria Dispensary for Diseases of the Chest Case Files)

Bound patient records and administrative records of the Royal Victoria Dispensary, Hospital and Tuberculosis Trust are held by LHSA (LHB41), along with records of the Edinburgh Royal Victoria and Associated Hospitals Board of Management (LHB10).

Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive: Case Notes Repository