Bridge of Earn Hospital

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection includes:

  • Papers and Correspondence, 1939-1973
  • Patient Records, 1948-1984
  • Internal Welfare Committee, 1942-1950
  • Department of Health Booklets etc, 1940-1944
  • Slides, 1965-1972
  • Maps and Plans, 1940-1949

Administrative / Biographical History

At the outbreak of the Second World War, the Emergency Medical Service was established to try and cope with the large numbers of expected war casualties. Seven ‘temporary’ hospitals were built in Scotland for this; Bridge of Earn in Perthshire, Stracathro in Angus, Ballochmyle in Aryshire, Peel in Selkirkshire, Killearn in Dunbartonshire, Raigmore in Inverness and Law in Lanarkshire.

Bridge of Earn Hospital was built in 1939 and in 1946 the Rehabilitation Unit which had been at Gleneagles Hotel, was moved to Bridge of Earn. Then in 1947 the Orthopaedic Unit was transferred from Larbert. This allowed Bridge of Earn Hospital to continue after the War and it was only in 1992 that it closed.

Arrangement

Records are arranged chronologically within series.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation. Normal closure period of 100 years (patient records) applies.

Acquisition Information

The records were removed from a store room at Perth Royal Infirmary and were stored near Perth records, making it difficult to tell some of the records apart. They were deposited in 2006.

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list. Subject source lists and databases are also available.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The records are on paper.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jennifer Johnstone, ‘Unlocking the Medicine Chest 2’ Project Archivist. Fonds level description updated by Jennifer Johnstone, Project Archivist, February 2007.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges are made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply.

Appraisal Information

The records were removed from a store room at Perth Royal Infirmary and were stored near Perth records, making it difficult to tell some of the records apart. They were deposited in 2006.

Custodial History

At some point the records were moved from Bridge of Earn Hospital to Perth Royal Infirmary.

Accruals

Possible.

Related Material

THB 32 Perth Royal Infirmary. 2011/417 contained some items which may have been from Bridge of Earn.

Location of Originals

The material is original.

Bibliography

Information for Administrative / Biographical History section was taken from ‘Bridge of Earn hospital: a history’ by John S.G. Blair.