Skip to main content

Case Books, 1874 - 1942

Identifier: LHB33/12

Scope and Contents

These volumes are indexed with photographs. They give details of individual patient cases, including: patient number and ward; name, sex, age, occupation and religion; marital status; private or pauper patient; address of relative; and if suicidal/dangerous. They also contain sections on: facts of medical certificates; state on admission; appearance; progress of case; date discharged/died, and reason (recovered - transferred etc).


  • 1874 - 1942

Language of Materials

From the Fonds: English.

Conditions Governing Access

Public access to these records is governed by UK data protection legislation, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, and the latest version of the Scottish Government Records Management: Health and Social Care 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 health records relate to named deceased adults, they will be open 75 years after the latest date referenced, 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, on the next 1 January. Further information on legislation and guidelines covering medical records can be found here:

LHSA encourages the use of these records for legitimate clinical, historical and genealogical research purposes, and records that are designated as closed can be consulted by legitimate researchers if certain conditions are met. Please contact the LHSA Archivist for more details regarding procedures on how you can apply for permission to view closed records. Telephone us on: 0131 650 3392 or email us at


43 Volumes

Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive Repository

Centre for Research Collections
Edinburgh University Library
George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
+44 (0)131 650 3392