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Leith Hospital

Identifier: LHB6

Scope and Contents

Management 1846-1948; administration 1905-1985; patients (bound records) 1904-1987


  • 1846-1987

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Normal 30 year and 75 year Scottish closure rules apply

Biographical / Historical

Origins lie in the Edinburgh and Leith Humane Society, 1788. A dispensary opened in 1815 followed by a casualty hospital in 1837. Both combined to form Leith Hospital in 1848, which was formally incorporated in 1907. Thereafter it served as a general hospital for men, women and children and included an accident unit. Women medical students were admitted for clinical instruction in 1886. Leith Hospital became part of the Edinburgh Northern Hospitals under the South Eastern Regional Hospital Board. From 1974, it was part of the North Lothian District of Lothian Health Board. The hospital closed in 1987 and functions were transferred to Western General Hospital.


14.8 shelf metres: papers, bound 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

Leith Hospital Administrator, May 1986


No further accessions are expected

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Boyd, David H.A. Leith Hospital 1848-1988. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1990.

Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive Repository

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