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Edinburgh Royal Maternity Hospital and Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion

 Fonds
Identifier: LHB3

Scope and Contents

LHB3: Management 1856-1958; finance 1876-1974; administration 1859-1988; staff 1892-1983; Queen Mary Nursing Home 1913-1970; patients (bound records) 1844-1986; patients (unbound records) 1933-1954; LHB3A: nursing 1768-1994

Dates

  • 1768-1994

Language of Materials

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 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.

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 lhsa@ed.ac.uk

Biographical / Historical

Opened in 1879 as Edinburgh's first planned maternity hospital building and preceded by the General Lying in Hospital (1793) and its variously named successors. Funded by a collection to commemorate Sir James Young Simpson's contribution to obstetrics. Began first ante-natal clinic in Britain (1915); a post-natal clinic followed in 1926, the same year it amalgamated with the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion opened in 1939. From 1939 the "Simpson" was directly managed by the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh as one of its grouped hospitals and became part of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh National Health Service Trust Hospital in 1994. As a result of hospital re-organisation in 1999, it was placed in the Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Extent

85.55 shelf metres: bound volumes and papers

Arrangement

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

Mrs Sutherland, Records Officer, SMMP October 1983; LHB3A Monica Thompson, Professional Development Office, SMMP, July 1997

Accruals

Further accessions are expected

Related Materials

Anderson, Mary Leslie, nurse (GD1/16); Anderson, Mary Leslie, nurse (GD1/16); Cuthbert, Jessie, nurse (GD1/13); Cuthbert, Jessie, nurse (GD1/13); Edinburgh Lying-in Institute (GD1/76); Edinburgh Lying-in Institute (GD1/76); Hospital for Diseases of Women Edinburgh (LHB31); Hospital for Diseases of Women Edinburgh (LHB31); Johnstone, Robert William, medical practitioner (GD11); Johnstone, Robert William, medical practitioner (GD11); Martin, Irene Susan, nurse (GD1/78); Martin, Irene Susan, nurse (GD1/78); Reid, Winifred, nurse (GD1/15)Reid, Winifred, nurse (GD1/15)Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (LHB1)Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (LHB1)Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals Board of Management (LHB2) Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals Board of Management (LHB2) Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh Samaritan Society (GD2)Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh Samaritan Society (GD2)Royal Infirmary 250th Anniversary Celebrations (LHB26)Royal Infirmary 250th Anniversary Celebrations (LHB26)South Lothian District, Lothian Health Board (LHB28)Todd, Jane, nurse (GD1/35)

Bibliography

E.F. Catford. The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh 1929-1979. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1984.
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Edinburgh Royal Maternity Hospital and Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion

Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive Repository

Contact:
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