Records of the Queen Mother's Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Division of Obstetrics, n.d.;
  • Reports, 1964-1993;
  • Patient Records, 1998-2010;
  • Staff Records, 1964-2010 ;
  • Statistics, 1976-1982 ;
  • Property Records, 1963-1996;
  • Public Relations and Publicity Material, 1964-2010 ;
  • Photographs, c.1960s-2000 ;
  • Objects, c.1930s-c.1960s ;

Administrative / Biographical History

The Queen Mother’s Hospital was established to meet the need for additional maternity beds in Glasgow and to provide a properly equipped academic department of obstetrics for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and for research. The academic department was under the direction of the Regius Professor of Midwifery until 2002 when the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology was centralised at The Princess Royal Maternity Hospital.

The QMH began functioning in January 1964, although not complete, and was officially opened by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, on Sept 23 1964.

The hospital had 114 maternity beds and 34 neonatal paediatric cots. The main sections were out-patient department and admission suite; patient areas; labour suite; paediatric department.

In 1997 Yorkhill NHS Trust received Scottish Office approval to continue to explore a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) for a new £10m Queen Mother’s Hospital on the Yorkhill site, adjacent to medical genetics, with a link corridor leading to the area of ward 2A. This was intended to have 60 beds, incorporating a labour suite and operating theatres, an ambulatory facility and ultrasound and outpatient facilities. Work was expected to start at Christmas 1997 and be ready for patients in June 1999. This project never happened.

The Health Board set up a maternity services review in 2003, and despite a spirited campaign by the press, public and staff, the Board decided in 2004 that the QMH would close.

The Calder Advisory Group, led by Prof David Calder, was set up in the summer of 2005 by the Health Minister, Mr Andy Kerr. The Group completed its work at the beginning of March 2006 and submitted its final report with its recommendations to the Health Minister on 9 March 2006.

A consultation process took place between 3 April and 2 June 2006.

The outcome was that there was full support for the concept of "triple co-location" which would bring maternity, children’s and adult hospital services together on one site, at the Southern General Hospital.

South Wing closed at end of Sept 2006 with beds moving to Princess Royal Maternity Hospital. The hospital closed on 13 Jan 2010.


Arranged in series.

Access Information

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

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

The 75 year closure period also applies to staff records. If you seek information regarding your own employment, you should contact the Archivist.

Other Finding Aids

A paper finding aid can be located in the searchroom.

Archivist's Note

These records were organised and arranged by Mrs Alma Topen, Archivist.

EAD finding aid created by Laura Stevens, Assistant Archivist, using the cheshire for archives ead creation tool 2013-10-16.


No further accurals expected.

Related Material

GB 0812 RHSC, Records of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, hospital, Glasgow; GB 0812 HB110, Papers of Ian Donald, obstetrician, 1910-1987.


Robertson, E, Yorkhill Story: History of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Glasgow, Yorkhill and Associated Hospitals Board of Management, 1972)