LHB36  Gogarburn Hospital

Collection Summary

Reference Code: GB239 LHB36
Title: Gogarburn Hospital
Dates of Creation of Material: 1915-1999
Level of Description: Fonds
Extent and Medium of the Unit of Description: 6.9 shelf metres: bound volumes, papers


Name of creator(s): Gogarburn Hospital
Administrative History: The Mental Deficiency and Lunacy (Scotland) Act of 1913 required District Boards of Lunacy to provide institutions for the mentally handicapped separate from asylums which henceforth concentrated on the treatment of the mentally ill. In 1924 the Edinburgh District Board of Control opened the Hospital on Gogarburn estate. In 1929 after the Local Government (Scotland) Act, the Edinburgh District Board of Control was disbanded and the administration of Gogarburn was transferred to the Public Health Committee and City Medical Officer of Health of Edinburgh Town Council. The hospital expanded steadily in the 1930s and subsequently it was used by all South East Scotland authorities. During World War II, it served as an emergency hospital. In 1948 it was transferred to the South Eastern Regional Hospital Board under its own Board of Management and continued to offer a regional service. In 1969 the Board of Management was disbanded and the Hospital transferred to the Board of Management of the Royal Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals and in 1974 it became part of the South Lothian District of Lothian Health Board and subsequently part of the Mental Health Unit in 1986. The hospital closed in May 1999.
Archival History: Records held within the National Health Service prior to transfer
Immediate Source of Acquisition or Transfer: Ian Ramage, Gogarburn Hospital, February 1988


Scope and Content: Management 1922-1999; administration 1925-1998; finance 1923-1962; patients (bound records) c1914-1991; patients (unbound records) 1940s-1965
Accruals: 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

Related Units of Description:
Edinburgh Healthcare NHS Trust (LHB49)
Public Health Committee of Edinburgh Town Council (in LHB16)
Royal Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals Board of Management (LHB14)

Royal Edinburgh Hospital (LHB7)
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh Samaritan Society (GD2)
South Lothian District, Lothian Health Board (LHB28)

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; updated August 2009, January 2011