Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals Board of Management

Scope and Content

Board of Management minutes 1948-1974; Committee minutes 1948-1974; annual reports 1948-1973, 1989-1990; standing orders and lists of committees 1948-1974; brochures 1960-1970; Work Studies (S.E. Regional Hospital Board) 1960-1974; Work Studies (various) 1958-1973; Staff Returns and Review Committee papers 1948-1953; Joint Planning Committee papers 1959-1966; Radiological Safety Committee papers 1965-1972; miscellaneous committee papers 1954-1974; staff appointments, establishment, etc 1948-1989; general administration 1949-1972; wards, medical services, patient care, etc 1949-1974; nurse training 1958-1974; periodicals 1954-1974

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 and operated until reorganisation in 1974. The following were included: Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion, Queen Mary Maternity Home, Corstorphine Hospital, Beechmount Hospital, Chalmers Hospital (from 1970), Edinburgh Dental Hospital and School, Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion (from 1969, incorporating Orthoptic Clinic, School Eye Service and Artificial Eye Fitting Centre, Cambridge Street), Hearing Aid Centre, Cambridge Street, Seamen's Dispensary, Leith, and Child Welfare Clinic, Windsor Street. It became Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals Unit, and subsequently the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh National Health Service Trust and Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust.


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 (

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Acquisition Information

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh


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


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