LHB3 Edinburgh Royal Maternity Hospital and Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion

Queen Mary Nursing Home

Reference Code: GB239 LHB3
Title: Edinburgh Royal Maternity Hospital and Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion: Queen Mary Nursing Home
Dates of Creation of Material: 1913-1970
Level of Description: Sub-fonds
Extent and Medium of the Unit of Description: 1.5 shelf metres: bound volumes
Name of creator(s): Edinburgh Royal Maternity Hospital; Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion
Administrative History: The Queen Mary Nursing Home opened in 1913, offering beds for women of limited means and accommodation for staff. In 1955 the Home joined the National Health Service under Edinburgh Southern Hospitals Board of Management, but due to rising costs it was transferred in 1957 to the Royal Infirmary Board and converted. In 1958 it reopened as the Queen Mary Maternity Home, a place where patients could pay a fee to be attended there by their own doctor. Additionally the Home could be used when necessary by the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion to which it was now physically connected. In 1961 the midwifery training school formerly at Melville Crescent was transferred into the upper floors of the building, but over the next decade more and more patients moved into the Simpson, and the Home closed in 1973. The building became part of the South Lothian College of Nursing and Midwifery.
Scope and Content: Register of admissions 1954-1957, midwifery registers 1950-1956, register of births 1959-1970, miscellaneous 1913
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
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: August 2002, last updated September 2009.