LHB65 West Lothian Healthcare NHS Trust

Collection Summary

Reference Code: GB239 LHB65

Title: West Lothian Healthcare NHS Trust

Administrative Dates: 2000-2004

Dates of Creation of Material: 1988-2006

Level of Description: Fonds

Extent and Medium of the Unit of Description: 1.5 linear metres: files, video

Name of creator(s): West Lothian Healthcare NHS Trust

Administrative history: 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 the West Lothian Healthcare NHS Trust was established.

It was the only integrated trust providing both primary (GP and community) and secondary (hospital) care for the population of West Lothian, part of West Edinburgh, and, for some specialist services, for the south-east of Scotland. As well as St John's Hospital and the psychiatric hospital at Bangour Village the trust also had two small hospitals for the elderly, St Michael’s Hospital and Tippethill House.  It also offered a wide range of outreach services, community health and GP services, based in a number of associated premises including some 12 health centres and clinics. West Lothian Healthcare NHS Trust has now been absorbed into NHS Lothian.

In March 2003, the NHS white paper ‘Partnership for Care’ was published. This recommended the dissolution of NHS trusts and a move to a single system with decision making being taken at local level. Contracts were transferred from various trusts and boards to NHS Lothian. This resulted in the dissolution of the trusts. On 1 April 2004 West Lothian Healthcare Trust was dissolved to become an operating division of Lothian NHS Board, known as West Lothian Healthcare Division.


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

Immediate Source of Acquisition or Transfer: Acc 06/14 – Mike Grieve, St John’s Hospital; Acc 7/19 – Ian Messer, NHS Lothian

Scope and Content: administrative records, 2003-2006; staff records, 1988-2000; videos, 1999

Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling Information: no disposals made

Accruals: Possibility of further accessions.

System of Arrangement: Chronological within record class

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

Related Units of Description:

St John’s Hospital (LHB64)

West Lothian NHS Trust (LHB51)


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