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Rosslynlee Hospital

Identifier: LHB33

Scope and Contents

Management 1870 - 1947; administration 1882 - 1975; patients (bound records) 1874 - 1989.


  • Creation: 1870 - 1989

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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:

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Biographical / Historical

Known originally as the Midlothian and Peebles District Asylum, it opened in 1874 to serve the landward parishes of Edinburgh and Midlothian. It became known as Rosslynlee because of its proximity to the local railway station. In 1948 it became part of the Board of Management of the Royal Edinburgh Asylum and Associated Hospitals under the South Eastern Hospital Board.


17.5 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

Rosslynlee Hospital, January 1997.


No further accessions are expected.

Related Materials

Royal Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals Board of Management (LHB14); Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh Samaritan Society (GD2); South Lothian District, Lothian Health Board (LHB27).

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Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive Repository

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