Records of Vale of Leven District General Hospital, Alexandria, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minutes, 1950-1965, 1996;
  • Nurse training records, 1958-1991;
  • Photographs 1954-1997;
  • Publications, 1948-2000s.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Vale of Leven District General Hospital was initially built as an emergency project in 1955 on endowment land of the Henry Brock Vale of Leven Cottage Hospital.

The cottage hospital was an integral part of the new hospital. Named after Henry Brock, a Director of the United Turkey Red Company who bequeathed £15,000 for its inception, the hospital, which was also known as The Henry Brock Memorial Hospital, opened in 1924 in Bromley House, a converted mansion house.

From 1956 until 1977, when a new geriatric unit was opened, the Cottage Hospital functioned as the geriatric long stay unit and chronic sick assessment centre of the Vale of Leven Hospital. The cottage hospital was demolished in 1978.

The Vale of Leven Hospital was administered by the Western Regional Hospital Board until 1974, when the hospital came under control of the Dumbarton district of the Argyll and Clyde Health Board following the re-organisation of the Health Service.

In 2009, the Vale of Leven Hospital was subject to a public inquiry regarding an outbreak of Clostridium difficile within the hospital. Throughout the outbreak, 55 patients contracted Clostridium difficile, 18 of whom died.

Access Information

There are currently no clinical records in this collection.

However, there are staff records, which are also subject to 75 year closure periods.

If you seek staff information regarding your own employment, or information in staff records less than 75 years old, you should contact the Archivist.

Appraisal Information

Appraised according to standard GB 0812 procedures.


Further accruals expected.


Geographical Names