South Lothian District, Lothian Health Board

Scope and Content

Management 1974-1984; administration 1974-1983

Administrative / Biographical History

Formed in 1974, the South Lothian District of Lothian Health Board was superseded by hospital and community based units of management in 1984. It consisted of the following hospitals: Astley Ainslie, Bruntsfield Hospital, Chalmers, City, Deaconess, Edinburgh Dental Hospital and School, Elsie Inglis, Liberton, Loanhead, Longmore, Princess Margaret Rose, Rosslynlee, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion, Southfield Hospital, and Royal Edinburgh Hospital.


Chronological within record class

Access Information

Public access to these records is governed by the UK Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the latest version of the Scottish Government Records Management: NHS Code of Practice (Scotland). Whilst some records may be accessed freely by researchers, the aforementioned legislation and guidelines mean that records with sensitive information on named individuals may be closed to the public for a set time.

Where records are about named deceased adults, they will be open 75 years after the latest date in the record, on the next 01 January. Records about individuals below 18 years (living or deceased) or adults not proven to be deceased will be open 100 years after the latest date in the record, on the next 01 January. Further information on legislation and guidelines covering medical records can be found on the LHSA webpage (

LHSA can support the use of records closed to public access for legitimate clinical, historical and genealogical research purposes. Please contact the LHSA Archivist for more details regarding procedures on how you can apply for permission to view closed records. Telephone us on: 0131 650 3392 or email us at

Acquisition Information

W J Farquhar, District Administrator, South Lothian District, July 1984 and Dr Gruer, Community Medicine Specialist, St Roque, Astley Ainslie Hospital, September 1985


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)