Photographs relating to Norman Burns, a patient at Mearnskirk Hospital

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

CD containing reproductions of five photographs depicting Mr Burn's time at Mearnskirk Hospital c.1946-1954 (created 2005); Printout of five photographs depicting Mr Burn's time at Mearnskirk Hospital c.1946-1954 (created 2005).

Administrative / Biographical History

Norman Burns was admitted to Mearnskirk Hospital twice between c.1946-1954. He currently resides in Australia.

Mearnskirk Hospital opened in May 1930 primarily for children with surgical tuberculosis. To meet the needs of the Education Health Service, children with long-term orthopaedic conditions were later admitted and beds made available for any outbreak of infantile paralysis.

During the Second World War children were evacuated to the Garrison Hospital Millport and Mearnskirk assumed a new role as an Emergency Service Hospital. The hospital never subsequently regained its role as a hospital primarily for children and in 1946 the Surgical Thoracic Unit was opened. From 1955 onwards, Mearnskirk gradually saw the number of children treated drop to below the number of adults. Improvements in child health and advances in the practice of medicine brought about this turn-around, which also led to the hospital's change of status from Sanatorium to General Hospital in 1960.

By the late 1980's Mearnskirk had become a solely geriatric unit. When the Victoria Infirmary NHS Trust was created in 1992 Mearnskirk was placed within its jurisdiction.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically within record series.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to some items may be restricted. Please contact the Archivist at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Acquisition Information

Gift from depositor's family.

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list available at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Archivist's Note

None.

Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Archivist. We will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

Appraisal Information

Appraised in accordance with GB 250's collection policy.

Custodial History

Held with depositor's family.

Accruals

Not expected.

Related Material

RCPSG 52 Dr Alexander Dale (1901-1964) Superintendent of Mearnskirk Hospital.

Location of Originals

This material is original.

Bibliography

No known publications.

Subjects

Personal Names

Geographical Names