LHB52 Edenhall Hospital

Collection Summary

Reference Code: GB239 LHB52

Title: Edenhall Hospital

Administrative Dates: 1915-

Dates of Creation of Material: 1947-1965

Level of Description: Fonds

Extent and Medium of the Unit of Description: 1 shelf metre: volumes, papers

Name of creator(s): Edenhall Hospital

Administrative history: The original Edenhall Hospital was built in 1915 as a hostel for limbless ex-servicemen in the mansion house of Edenhall in Kelso.  There was accommodation for 36 patients and the establishment was entirely run by eight voluntary lady workers. It was soon obvious that the accommodation was insufficient and in 1917 with the help of a £10,000 donation from the Red Cross the committee acquired the house and ground of Pinkieburn near Musselburgh. Originally there were 43 beds but wings were added to the mansion house to increase the accommodation to 100 beds. In 1920 the Ministry of Pensions took over the running of the hospital and it was now opened to convalescent cases as well as the limbless; in the period up to the Second World War it then became the main Ministry of Pensions Hospital in Scotland providing general medical and surgical treatment for war pensioners. During the war the Hospital expanded considerably to provide a total bed strength of 312. By 1953 the number of patients was declining and on the amalgamation of the Ministry of Pensions and the Ministry of National Insurance the opportunity was taken to transfer the responsibility for running the hospital to the National Health Service.


Archival History: Records held within the National Health Service prior to transfer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition or Transfer: Acc 07/16 – Jean Peddie, Edenhall Hospital

Scope and Content: patient records 1961-1965; staff records 1947-1956

Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling Information: No disposal made.

Accruals: Possibility of further accessions.

System of Arrangement: Artificial order imposed

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

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements: Paper

Finding Aids: item level catalogue

Archivists’ Notes: Compiled by Alison Scott

Rules or Conventions: Description based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description International Council on Archives (2nd edition), 2000

Date(s) of Description: January 2011