Records of Leverndale Hospital, Hawkhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minutes, 1878-1968;
  • Miscellaneous, 1883-1996;
  • Annual reports, 1905-1916;
  • Registers, 1895-1969;
  • Case notes, 1895-1962;
  • Maps and plans, 1893-1993;
  • Medical superintendent's papers, 1895-1930;
  • General Board of Lunacy annual statutory certificates, 1896-1940;
  • Patient indexes, 1895-1962;
  • Patient statistics, 1896-1995;
  • Official publications, 1905-1984.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Govan District Asylum at Hawkhead was built for the Govan District Lunacy Board and opened in 1895. The hospital had a capacity of 400 patients in 1895 and 520 by 1908. There was also a Govan Parochial Asylum located at the Southern General Hospital site: this functioned as a reception and assessment unit for Hawkhead. Hawkhead became a Glasgow Corporation hospital in 1930 and joined the National Health Service in 1948. It had its own Board of Management until 1968, was governed by the Board of Management for Glasgow Victoria and Leverndale Hospitals between 1968 and 1974 and from 1974 was placed in the South Eastern District of the Greater Glasgow Health Board. Leverndale Hospital became the responsibility of the Greater Glasgow Community and Mental Health NHS Trust in 1993. The name Leverndale was adopted in place of Hawkhead in 1964. In the early 1970s a 120 bed psycho-geriatric unit was built at Leverndale. During the 1980s and 1990s the original asylum buildings were taken out of use and the hospital was re-configured around newer buildings occupying only part of the original site.


Arranged into record series.

Access Information

Because of the sensitive nature of much of the information contained in these records there is a 75 year closure period on all patient records. There is a 100 year closure period on records of minors.

If you seek information on patient records which are less than 75 years old, you must apply to the Director of Public Health Glasgow. The application should be made through the GGHB Archivist who if permission is granted will carry out a search on your behalf.

Individuals seeking information regarding their own treatment should contact the archivist.

Appraisal Information

Appraised according to standard GB 0812 procedure.



Related Material

  • GB 812 HB 17, Records of Southern General Hospital;
  • GB 812 HB 28, Records of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow;
  • GB 812 HB 55, Records of Greater Glasgow Health Board


Leverndale Hospital 100 years (Glasgow, Greater Glasgow Community and Mental Health NHS Trust, 1998)