LHB61 Western General Hospitals NHS Trust

Collection Summary

Reference Code: GB239 LHB61

Title: Western General Hospitals NHS Trust

Administrative Dates: 1994-2000

Dates of Creation of Material: 1993-1998

Level of Description: Fonds

Extent and Medium of the Unit of Description: 0.3m; papers

Name of creator(s): Western General Hospitals NHS Trust

Administrative history: In 1993, each of the existing local NHS units made an application to become a NHS Trust under the terms of the NHS and Community Care Act 1990. The Trusts were not directly managed by Lothian Health Board: they were within the NHS but as distinct organisations independent of the Health Board. Each Trust had its own Chairmen and Boards of Directors.

On 1 April 1993, the West Lothian Unit became the West Lothian NHS Trust and the other five units followed on 1 April 1994 with the Western General Hospitals Unit becoming the Western General Hospitals NHS Trust.

In December 1997, a white paper entitled ‘Designed to Care’ was published. It recommended a greater patient perspective in health care and a reduction in the number of trusts in Lothian from six to three. In April 2000, these became the Lothian Primary Care Trust (LPCT); Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust (LUHT), incorporating Royal the Infirmary of Edinburgh Trust, the Western General Hospitals Trust and the Edinburgh Sick Children’s Trust; and the West Lothian Healthcare Trust (WLHT).

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition or Transfer: Acc 03/02 - Eve Gilchrist, Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust

Scope and Content: Annual reports and summary accounts, 1995-1998; application for NHS Trust status, 1993; publications, c1996

Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling Information: No disposals made.

Accruals: Possibility of further accessions.

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

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements: Paper documents

Finding Aids: Item level catalogue is available.

Related Units of Description:

West Lothian NHS Trust (LHB51)

East and Midlothian NHS Trust (LHB58)

Edinburgh Healthcare NHS Trust (LHB49)

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh NHS Trust (LHB43)

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: August 2010