LHB5: Management 1859-1948; administration 1859-1961; finance 1859-1956; plans and buildings 1861-1958; history and publications 1859-1969; staff 1876-1982; Muirfield Convalescent Home 1897-1952; patients (bound records) 1860-1954; LHB5A: Sick Children's Appeal 1991-1992
Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children
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Administrative / Biographical History
Opened in 1860 as Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children, and received Royal patronage in 1863. It was originally situated in the Lauriston Lane area then moved to current building in Sciennes Road designed by G Washington Brown, 1895. Muirfield Convalescent Home opened in 1909. In 1948 it became part of the Edinburgh Central Hospitals of South Eastern Regional Hospital Board and in 1974-1984, part of South Lothian District of Lothian Health Board. It is now known as Edinburgh Sick Children's NHS Trust Hospital.
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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/).
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Royal Hospital for Sick Children
Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists
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Records held within the National Health Service prior to transfer
Further accessions are expected
Guthrie, Douglas. The Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children 1860-1960. Edinburgh: E and S Livingstone, 1960.