Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals Unit

Scope and Content

Hospital Management Group/Unit Management Team Meetings 1984-1992; Unit Management Team Meetings 1987-1990; Site Control Group Minutes 1986-1987; Medical Executive Committee Minutes 1983-1992; General Management Group/Team, Lothian Health Board Minutes 1986-1991; Unit General Managers and Lothian Health Board Director of Operations Minutes 1991-1992; Annual Reports 1974-1994; RIE and Associated Hospitals Information / Newsletter 1984-1994

Administrative / Biographical History

In late 1983 instructions were issued to abolish the district level of management in the Scottish National Health Service. Following on from the recommendations of the Griffiths Report, unit-based management was introduced. Unit general managers were appointed who, in turn, reported to general managers at board level.

These changes were adopted at the hospital, which, following the abolition of South Lothian District of Lothian Health Board, became the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals Unit. Staff and committee titles and functions were gradually transformed during the 1980s.

The unit structure remained in place until the formation of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh NHS Trust in 1994. Over this period the other hospitals included in the Unit at various times were Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion, Elsie Inglis Memorial Maternity Hospital, Chalmers Hospital, Edinburgh Dental Hospital, City Hospital, Princess Margaret Rose Orthopaedic Hospital and Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion.


Chronological within record class

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, 2001


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

Lothian Health Board (LHB37)

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (LHB1)