Hospital for Diseases of Women Edinburgh

Scope and Content

Management Committee minutes 1909-47; annual reports 1910-40; administration 1929-48

Administrative / Biographical History

Opened in 1910 to provide gynaecological treatment for women of moderate means. In 1948 it became part of the Board of Management for Edinburgh Central Hospitals. In 1951 it was amalgamated with Chalmers Hospital and used as an annexe for gynaecological, paediatric and ear nose and throat cases. The original building in Archibald Place was closed in 1968 and demolished the same year.


Chronological within record class

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Alexander McWatt Green, Edinburgh, June 1980


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

Chalmers Hospital (LHB4)Edinburgh Central Hospitals Board of Management (LHB29)