GD1/85 Social Work Department of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh: HIV/AIDS

Collection Summary

Reference Code: GB239 GD1/85
Title: Social Work Department of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh: HIV/AIDS
Dates of Creation of Material: 1984-1997
Level of Description: Fonds
Extent and Medium of the Unit of Description: 0.12 shelf metres: papers

Name of creator(s): Social Work Department, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Administrative History: HIV was first introduced into Edinburgh in 1983 and spread rapidly as a result of injection drug users who habitually shared equipment. By 1989 over 1000 HIV infected users had been identified in Edinburgh out of a total of 1700 in Scotland, representing three to four times the worst infection rate measured in England. The epidemic was detected within two years and, as a result, an opportunity arose to develop HIV services prior to the development of HIV-related ill-health/AIDS. A range of local National Health Service, municipal and voluntary institutions and organisations rapidly became involved. These papers were collected by a practising social worker based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
Immediate Source of Acquisition or Transfer: Geraldine Brown, Social Work Department, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, September 1999

Scope and Content: Edinburgh-specific social work related AIDS papers 1985-1993; non-Edinburgh-specific social work related AIDS papers 1984-1997
Accruals: No further accessions are expected
System of Arrangement: Chronological within record class

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).
Conditions Governing Reproduction: Reproduction is subject to closure periods and physical condition
Language/Scripts of Material: English

Archivists' Notes: Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists
Rules or Conventions: Description based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description International Council on Archives (2nd edition), 2000
Date(s) of Description: May 2000; revised June 2002