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Royal Victoria Dispensary, Hospital and Tuberculosis Trust

Identifier: LHB41

Scope and Contents

Management and administration 1891 - 1989; patients (unbound records) 1940s - 1960s.


  • Creation: 1891 - 1989

Language of Materials


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.

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Biographical / Historical

In 1887 Robert William Philip founded the Victoria Dispensary for Consumption and Diseases of the Chest, the first of its kind in the world. The Royal Victoria Hospital was founded in 1894, and Polton Farm Colony in 1910. Together with the Dispensary these formed the nucleus of the 'Edinburgh Scheme' for combating tuberculosis. In 1914, the Dispensary, Hospital and Farm Colony were given to the City of Edinburgh and the Royal Victoria Tuberculosis Trust was founded. These came under the management of the Royal Victoria and Associated Hospitals NHS Trust in 1948, and the North Lothian District of Lothian Health Board in 1974. The Royal Victoria Hospital is currently within Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust.


54.5 shelf metres: bound volumes, papers


Chronological within record class.

Other Finding Aids

Manual item-level descriptive list available.

Custodial History

Thomson McLintock and Company Chartered Accountants, 33/34 Charlotte Square, secretaries to the Royal Victoria Hospital TB Trust.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

KPMG Peat Marwick, Chartered Accountants, Saltire Court, Edinburgh (formerly KPMG Peat Marwick McLintock).


No further accessions are expected.

Related Materials

Royal Victoria and Associated Hospitals (LHB10).

There are also case notes for this hospital which can be accessed here:

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Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive Repository

Centre for Research Collections
Edinburgh University Library
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