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Western General Hospital

Identifier: LHB13

Scope and Contents

Administration 1930-1984; plans and buildings 1954-1985; patients (bound volumes) 1930-1966


  • 1930-1984

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Normal 30 year and 75 year Scottish closure rules apply

Biographical / Historical

Origins lie in Craigleith Hospital and Poorhouse (1868). This served as an Army hospital during World War One. In 1929, the Local Government (Scotland) Act was passed. When this came into effect a year later, all poor law hospitals were transferred to the administration of large burghs and counties. As a 200 bed municipal hospital it opened to the general public and teaching facilities were soon introduced. Between 1941 and 1949 part of the Western General was given over to the Polish School of Medicine at Edinburgh and became known as the Paderewski Hospital. In 1948 it became part of Edinburgh Northern Hospitals under the South Eastern Regional Hospital Board. In 1974 it was part of the North Lothian District of Lothian Health Board. In 1986 it became part of the Royal Victoria, Western and Northern General Hospital Unit of Lothian Health Board and in 1994 the Western General NHS Trust Hospital. Presently it is part of the Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust.


2.7 shelf metres: bound volumes, papers


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

Western General Admin and Community Medicine Specialists and J. Knowles, Medical Records Officer, Western General


Further accessions are expected

Related Materials

Edinburgh Northern Hospitals Board of Management (LHB11)Edinburgh Northern Hospitals Board of Management (LHB11)North Lothian District, Lothian Health Board (LHB27) North Lothian District, Lothian Health Board (LHB27) Paderewski Hospital, Edinburgh University Archives Paderewski Hospital, Edinburgh University Archives Polish Medical School, Edinburgh University Archives


Eastwood, Martine and Jenkinson, Anne. A history of the Western General Hospital: Craigleith Poorhouse, military hospital, modern teaching hospital. Edinburgh: John Donald, 1995.
Western General Hospital

Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive Repository

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