Records of Belvidere Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Annual reports 1896-1937
  • Admission registers 1865-1965
  • Diagnostic registers of patients 1901-1908
  • Registers of dismissals and deaths 1909-1958
  • Staff registers 1878-1950
  • Post mortem books 1901-1949
  • Daily returns of patient statistics 1887-1974
  • Ward journals 1901-1929
  • Venereal Diseases Clinic records 1925-1965
  • Nursing report books 1956-1963
  • Building contracts 1958-1983
  • Photographs c.1890s-1970s
  • Publications 1866-1922
  • Maps and plans 1831-1981

Administrative / Biographical History

Glasgow Town Council built  Belvidere Hospital as an infectious diseases hospital. It opened in  1870-1871  with a bed capacity of 250 (and 366 patients). Rebuilding and extensions continued until 1901. Belvidere remained primarily an infectious diseases hospital until after the creation of the National Health Service in  1948 , when it was placed under the Board of Management for Glasgow Royal Infirmary. In the early 1950s the treatment of poliomylitis patients lead to pioneering work in the creation of Intensive Care Units. A respiratory medicine unit was opened in  1954 , the Regional Limb-Fitting Centre in  1960 , a maternity unit in  1962 , a regional radiotherapy centre in  1961-1973  and an orthopaedic unit in  1967 . In  1974  Belvidere was placed in the Eastern District of the Greater Glasgow Health Board. Belvidere Hospital became a general geriatric hospital before closing in  1999 .


Chronological within record class

Conditions Governing Access

Normal 30 year and 75 year closures apply

Acquisition Information

Belvidere Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Alistair Tough, Greater Glasgow NHS Board Archivist, 23 July 1998

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 812 procedures

Custodial History

Records held within National Health Service prior to transfer


None expected

Related Material

GB 812 HB 28, Records of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow and HB 14 and HH 67, Records of the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow


Checkland, OLocal government and health environment, in Checkland, O and Lamb, M (eds)Health care as social history. The Glasgow case.Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press , 1982 .


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