Social medicine 1960s-1970s; Lothian Health Board 1974-1992; Scottish Association of Medical Administrators 1970s-1980s; Scottish Association of Community Medicine Specialists 1970s-1980s; research; computerisation projects 1980s; City of Edinburgh Health Department 1960s-1970s; hospital reports and publications 1875-1979; statistical materials 1960s-1980s; papers and publications by G. Venters; conferences and meetings; patient records; miscellaneous
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
An orthopaedic surgeon, Venters was Director of Information Services, Lothian Health Board from 1974 to 1992, and later Chairman of the British Medical Association's Public Health Committee. Recently he has worked as a Public Health Medicine consultant in Lanrkshire, and was involved in the development of Scottish Health on the Web, available at http://www.show.scot.nhs.uk.
Chronological within record class
Conditions Governing Access
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Services, Lothian Health Board, October 1992
Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists
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No further accessions are expected