Edinburgh Royal Maternity Hospital and Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

LHB3: Management 1856-1958; finance 1876-1974; administration 1859-1988; staff 1892-1983; Queen Mary Nursing Home 1913-1970; patients (bound records) 1844-1986; patients (unbound records) 1933-1954; LHB3A: nursing 1768-1994

Administrative / Biographical History

Opened in 1879 as Edinburgh's first planned maternity hospital building and preceded by the General Lying in Hospital (1793) and its variously named successors. Funded by a collection to commemorate Sir James Young Simpson's contribution to obstetrics. Began first ante-natal clinic in Britain (1915); a post-natal clinic followed in 1926, the same year it amalgamated with the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion opened in 1939. From 1939 the "Simpson" was directly managed by the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh as one of its grouped hospitals and became part of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh National Health Service Trust Hospital in 1994. As a result of hospital re-organisation in 1999, it was placed in the Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Arrangement

Chronological within record class

Conditions Governing Access

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 (http://www.lhsa.lib.ed.ac.uk/).

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 lhsa@ed.ac.uk

Acquisition Information

Mrs Sutherland, Records Officer, SMMP October 1983; LHB3A Monica Thompson, Professional Development Office, SMMP, July 1997

Note

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

Accruals

Further accessions are expected

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Bibliography

E.F. Catford. The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh 1929-1979. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1984.