East Lothian Hospitals Board of Management

Scope and Content

Board of Management minutes 1950-1974; Finance Committee minutes 1950-1974; General Purposes Committee minutes 1950-1972; miscellaneous committee minutes 1950-1973; patient statistics 1971-1974; financial records 1948-1950; Scottish Home and Health Department Circulars 1948-1974

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. Operated until the reorganisation of the NHS in 1974. The following were included: Alderston Convalescent Home, Haddington; Belhaven Hospital, Dunbar; Dunbar Cottage Hospital; East Fortune Hospital, North Berwick; Edington Cottage Hospital, North Berwick; Haddington Smallpox Hospital; Herdmanflat Hospital, Haddington; Knoll Maternity Hospital, Duns; Polish Convalescent Home, Luftness, Aberlady; Roodlands General Hospital, Haddington; Vert Memorial Hospital, Haddington and Whitchester Cottage Hospital, Duns. From 1948-1957 Herdmanflat Hospital was part of the Rosslynlee and Haddington Mental Hospitals Board of Management, after which it was transferred to the Board of Management of East Lothian Hospitals. In 1955 Knoll Maternity Hospital and Whitchester Cottage Hospital were transferred to the Board of Management of the Borders Hospitals. From 1974-1984, the other hospitals were part of the North 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/).

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Acquisition Information

Robert Wilson, Administrator, East Lothian Hospitals, October 1983


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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