Edinburgh Central Hospitals Board of Management

Scope and Content

Board of Management and committees minutes 1948-1970; Chalmers Hospital files 1948-1970; Royal Hospital for Sick Children files 1947-1962; finance files 1947-1968; miscellaneous, 1947-1963

Administrative / Biographical History

Set up as a result of the NHS (Scotland) Act of 1947 under the control of the South Eastern Regional Hospital Board. The following were included: Chalmers Hospital; Edinburgh Foot Clinic and School of Chiropody; Edinburgh Orthopaedic Clinic; Princess Margaret Rose Orthopaedic Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. It was disbanded in 1970. Chalmers was transferred to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals; The Royal Hospital for Sick Children was transferred to the Board of Management of Edinburgh Northern Hospitals. The Princess Margaret Rose and the Foot and Orthopaedic clinics were transferred the Board of Management of the Royal Victoria and Associated Hospitals. From 1974-1984 these hospitals formed part of the South Lothian District of Lothian Health Board.


Chronological within record class

Access Information

Public access to these records is governed by the UK Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the latest version of the Scottish Government Records Management: NHS Code of Practice (Scotland). Whilst some records may be accessed freely by researchers, the aforementioned legislation and guidelines mean that records with sensitive information on named individuals may be closed to the public for a set time.

Where records are about named deceased adults, they will be open 75 years after the latest date in the record, on the next 01 January. Records about individuals below 18 years (living or deceased) or adults not proven to be deceased will be open 100 years after the latest date in the record, on the next 01 January. Further information on legislation and guidelines covering medical records can be found on the LHSA webpage (http://www.lhsa.lib.ed.ac.uk/).

LHSA can support the use of records closed to public access for legitimate clinical, historical and genealogical research purposes. Please contact the LHSA Archivist for more details regarding procedures on how you can apply for permission to view closed records. Telephone us on: 0131 650 3392 or email us at lhsa@ed.ac.uk

Acquisition Information

Administration Office, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, August 1984


Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists

Other Finding Aids

Manual item-level descriptive list available

Custodial History

Records held within the National Health Service prior to transfer


No further accessions are expected

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