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Roodlands General Hospital

Identifier: LHB21

Scope and Contents

Register of admissions and discharges 1950-1966; register of operations 1954-1965; case books 1949-1950; ward registers 1952-1973


  • Creation: 1950-1973

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Biographical / Historical

Roodlands General Hospital was originally the infectious diseases hospital for the western district of the County of East Lothian. It first appears in Burdett’s Hospitals and Charities in 1922/23, at this time the hospital had 34 beds. At the reorganisation of local authority health services in 1930, it was decided that all cases of infectious diseases in the county and the seven burghs of East Lothian should be treated in this hospital. Consequently, its name was changed from the Combination Hospital, Haddington to the County Infectious Diseases Hospital. By this time the hospital housed 70 beds in total.

In 1948, the hospital transferred to the National Health Service and became part of the East Lothian Hospitals Board of Management (see LHB17). Its use changed to a general hospital and it was renamed Roodlands General Hospital. On the reorganisation of the National Health Service in 1974, it became part of the North Lothian District of Lothian Health Board (see LHB27).

Copies of press cuttings and notes relating to East Lothian hospitals will be found at GN79.


9 Volumes


Chronological within record class

Other Finding Aids

Manual item-level descriptive list available

Custodial History

Records held within the National Health Service prior to transfer

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Robert Wilson, Administrator, East Lothian Hospitals, October 1983


No further accessions are expected

Related Materials

East Lothian Hospitals Board of Management (LHB17) North Lothian District, Lothian Health Board (LHB27)

Roodlands General Hospital
Mike Barfoot, Jenny McDermott, Farhana Islam.
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Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive Repository

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