Records of Ruchill Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Registers, 1937-1989;
  • Indexes, 1937-1959;
  • Miscellaneous, 1884-1995;
  • Plans, 1892-1992;
  • Case notes, 1935-1960.

Administrative / Biographical History

Opened in 1900 as a Glasgow Corporation infectious diseases hospital, Ruchill initially had 440 beds. By 1915 272 beds had been added for tuberculosis patients. It had 1,000 beds when it was absorbed into the National Health Service in 1948, under the Glasgow Northern Hospitals Board of Management. Ruchill was placed in the Northern District of the Greater Glasgow Health Board in 1974. The number of in-patients was 586 in 1975, 445 in 1980 and 280 in 1990. The hospital's scope changed after 1960 as young chronic sick, geriatric and psychiatric patients were catered for whilst tuberculosis and other infectious disease patients became few in number. Ruchill Hospital was closed in 1998.

Access Information

There is a 75 year closure period on medical records of adults, and a 100 year closure period on medical records of minors.

If you seek patient records within these periods, or information regarding your own treatment, you should contact the Archivist.

Appraisal Information

Appraised according to standard GB 0812 procedure.


None expected.

Related Material

  • GB 812 HB 19: Records of Glasgow Corporation and Glasgow Parish Council;
  • GB 812 HB 32: Records of Glasgow Northern Hospitals Board of Management/District;
  • GB 812 HB 55: Records of Greater Glasgow Health Board;
  • GB 812 HB 28: Records of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow.

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