Edinburgh Foot Clinic and School of Chiropody

Scope and Content

Foot Clinic: management 1924-1974; administration 1852-1975; finance 1929-1968; Mobile chiropody unit: administration 1939-1948; patients (bound records) 1940-1941; Edinburgh School of Chiropody 1929-1977; general chiropody 1913-1984

Administrative / Biographical History

Opened in 1924 to treat minor foot ailments of the working class. Originally in Hill Place, it moved to 81 Newington Road in 1928. Shortly after opening, its co-founders, Catherine Norrie and Margaret Swanson, began the Edinburgh School of Chiropody. During World War II mobile chiropody units were set up for the Services. With the coming of the NHS in 1948, the administration of the clinic became the responsibility of the Edinburgh Central Board of Management under the South Eastern Regional Hospital Board. In 1970 it was transferred to the Board of Management of Royal Victoria and Associated Hospitals and from 1974 it came under the newly formed South Lothian District of Lothian Health Board. It finally closed in 1995.


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 lhsa@ed.ac.uk

Acquisition Information

Miss Price, Principal, Edinburgh School of Chiropody, September 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

Related Material

Durham, Sheila, chiropodist (GD1/79)Durham, Sheila, chiropodist (GD1/79)Edinburgh Central Hospitals Board of Management (LHB29)Edinburgh Central Hospitals Board of Management (LHB29)Royal Victoria and Associated Hospitals Board of Management (LHB10)Royal Victoria and Associated Hospitals Board of Management (LHB10)South Lothian District, Lothian Health Board (LHB28)