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Regional Hospital Board National X-Ray Campaign Recall Letters, 1957-1958

Identifier: LHB41 CC/3

Scope and Contents

Letters to GPs from National X-Ray Campaign, giving name, address, date of screening and findings. For patients x-rayed on Mass Minature Radiography (MMR)and recalled there were three types of letters sent out to inform of their outcome:

  1. 5A (pink) – referred to chest clinic [due to abnormalities]
  2. 5B (white) – referred back to GP, no further MMR action [mostly cardiovascular abnormalities]
  3. 5C (green) – already under chest clinic

The letters also recorded a the geographical sector and serial number for each patient, by which the cases are ordered.


  • Creation: 1957-1958

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Conditions Governing Access

Public access to these records is governed by UK data protection legislation, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, and the current Scottish Government Records Management: NHS Code of Practice (Scotland). Whilst some records may be accessed freely by researchers, the aforementioned legislation and guidelines mean that records conveying sensitive information on named individuals may be closed to the public for a set time. Where records relate to named deceased adults, they will be open 75 years after the latest date referenced in the record, on the next 1 January. Case records of 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 1 January. Further information on legislation and guidelines covering medical records can be found on the LHSA webpage.

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Biographical / Historical

The Regional Hospital Board National X-Ray Campaign was a collaboration between the Department of Health for Scotland, the Regional Hospital Board, the Edinburgh Corporation (now Council) and the residents of Edinburgh. The Campaign aimed to raise awareness and screen the population, resulting in detection and treatment of new cases of tuberculosis which generated a wealth of referral notes, case notes and X-rays.


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Related Materials

LHSA holds four related case note collections:

  1. LHB41 CC/1 (Southfield Sanatorium Case Files)
  2. LHB41 CC/2 (Royal Victoria Dispensary for Diseases of the Chest Case Files)
  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