Records of Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Maps and plans, 1967-1981

Administrative / Biographical History

Gartnavel General Hospital was designed as a variant of the Scottish District General Hospital ‘model’ and opened in 1973 . At a late stage in the construction in-patient facilities for ophthalmology were added, following a fire in 1971 which destroyed much of the Glasgow Eye Infirmary. Management of the hospital was vested in the Glasgow Western and Gartnavel Hospitals Board of Management until National Health Service reorganisation in 1974 when it transferred to the Western District of the Greater Glasgow Health Board. In 1993 responsibility passed to the West Glasgow Hospitals University National Health Service Trust. Originally the hospital contained 576 beds housed in a 8-storey ward block located on top of a 3-storey podium. Residential accommodation for 330 staff and students was provided in 15 adjacent blocks. Additional accommodation for communicable disease medicine was built at Gartnavel in 1998.

Conditions Governing Access

There is a 75 year closure period on medical records of adults, and a 100 year closure period on medical records of minors.

If you seek patient records within these periods, or information regarding your own treatment, you should contact the Archivist.

Other Finding Aids

A paper based finding aid can be located in the searchroom.


Further accruals expected.

Related Material

GB 812 HB 6 and HH 66: Records of Western Infirmary, Glasgow;GB 812 HB 28: Records of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow; GB 812 HB 37: Records of Glasgow Western (and Gartnavel) Hospitals Board of Management; GB 812 HB 55: Records of Greater Glasgow Health Board