Welcome to Lothian Health Services Archive

Lady with blood bottle


Lothian Health Services Archive holds the historically important local records of NHS hospitals and other health-related material.

We collect, preserve and catalogue these records and promote them to increase understanding of the history of health and for the benefit of all.

Please use this website as a gateway to our collections, the services we provide and the projects we undertake.

Tom Baker with nurses



We're delighted to be celebrating Explore Your Archive week in November, and have launched a brand new series on our website in which we explore the stories behind photographs in our collection. Click here for more.

Image from a case note

In a project funded by the Wellcome Trust, LHSA is developing an online catalogue to the case notes of prominent Scottish neurosurgeon, Norman Dott (1897-1973). The catalogue will help users search over 26,000 records whilst protecting the privacy of individual patients in accordance with relevant legislation and guidance. For more information click here.

On Wednesday 19th October Dr. Louise Williams, LHSA Archivist, will be presenting a talk on the challenges of case note cataloguing as part of Enhance, Access and Understand: The University of Edinburgh and the Wellcome Trust, an exhibition and series of talks celebrating the recent Wellcome Trust Research Resources funded projects undertaken at the Centre for Research Collections. Visit the event page for more information.


Bangour Village Hospital in WW1

Although the majority of personal military medical records were kept by the War Office, LHSA holds rich resources relating to hospital life in the First World War. Along with an almost complete collection of the Craigleith Chronicle, a magazine produced by staff and patients at the Second Scottish General Hospital, Craigleith, images, scrapbooks and personal papers reflect Lothian’s medical home front.


Image of public health awareness postcard



The 11 sub-collections which make up the Edinburgh and Lothian HIV/AIDS Collections are a unique heritage and research resource that documents the full response to HIV/AIDS in the Lothian region.


The collections were inscribed to the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register in 2011.