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: Access is subject to the terms of the NHS Records Management Code of Practice 2010, the UK Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002
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