The NHS in Lothian

Lothian Health Board (1986-1992)

In late 1983 instructions were issued to abolish the district level of management in the Scottish National Health Service. Following on from the recommendations of the Griffiths Report, unit-based management was introduced. Unit general managers were appointed who, in turn, reported to general managers at board level. Staff and committee titles and functions were gradually transformed during the 1980s. In 1990, Lothian Health Board moved from 11 Drumsheugh Gardens to Deaconess House, 148 Pleasance, Edinburgh. In 1991, it reduced in size to a maximum of 12 members (made up of executive and non-executive members, the latter to outnumber the former).

The Board created seven separate units as follows:

[Where text appears in blue, this is a link to a collection of records held by LHSA.]

Unit Hospitals and Services Controlled

East Unit


Belhaven Hospital, Dunbar
Eastern General Hospital
East Fortune Hospital, North Berwick
East Lothian Community Service
Edenhall Hospital
Edington Cottage Hospital, North Berwick
Herdmanflat Hospital, Haddington
Leith Hospital
Park House
Roodlands General Hospital, Haddington
Mental Health Unit Gogarburn Hospital
Rosslynlee Hospital
Royal Edinburgh Hospital
St Joseph's Hospital
Primary Care and Community Unit Primary Care services across the area and Community services for the Edinburgh and Midlothian areas.

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals Unit

Chalmers Hospital
City Hospital
Deaconess Hospital
Edinburgh Dental Hospital and School
Elsie Inglis Memorial Maternity Hospital
Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion

Royal Victoria, Western and Northern General Unit




Beechmount Hospital (see Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh)
Corstorphine Hospital
Northern General Hospital
Royal Victoria Hospital
St Columba's Hospice
Western General Hospital

United Hospitals Unit



Astley Ainslie Hospital
Bruntsfield Hospital
City Hospital
Liberton Hospital
Longmore Hospital
Princess Margaret Rose Orthopaedic Hospital
Queen Mary Maternity Home (see Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion)
Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children
Southfield Hospital
West Unit Bangour General Hospital
Bangour Village Hospital
Drumshoreland Hospital
St Michael’s Hospital
Tippethill Hospital
West Lothian Community Service
Whitburn Day Hospital