Records of Greater Glasgow Health Board

Scope and Content

  • Maps and Plans, 1974-1991;
  • Ruchill enquiry, 1974;
  • Chief Administrative Nursing Officers' files, 1974-1986;
  • Publications and ephemera, 1988-2004
  • Chief Executive's files, 1973-1991;
  • Registry files, 1973-1992;
  • Treasurer's files, 1973-1984;
  • M1-64 Minutes and agendas, temporary list

Administrative / Biographical History

The Greater Glasgow Health Board was created as part of the reorganisation of the National Health Service in Scotland which took place in 1974. In addition to the responsibility for hospitals and clinics which the Western Regional Hospital Board had had in the Greater Glasgow area, the new Board was responsible for general practitioner services and public health functions (including community nursing, the schools health services, chiropody, and maternity and child health services) previously vested in the appropriate local authorities. Greater Glasgow covers the area of the following former District Councils: Bearsden and Milngavie; Clydebank; Eastwood; Glasgow; and Strathkelvin.

From 2003 until 2006, NHS Greater Glasgow was the common name of the Greater Glasgow Health Board. In 2006 the landward part of NHS Argyll and Clyde, including Alexandria, Greenock and Paisley, was merged into the organization which was renamed NHS Glasgow and Clyde. Between 1974 and 1992 various internal organizational structures (districts, areas and units) existed within the Greater Glasgow Health Board. General management was introduced in the late 1980s. In 1992–1993 NHS trusts were created. The bulk of NHS staff, tangible resources and funding were transferred to the trusts and the area board was left with responsibility for public health, health promotion, service coordination and strategic planning. A reintegration of the NHS in Greater Glasgow took place in 2003–2004, with the four NHS trusts in existence at that time becoming Divisions of NHS Greater Glasgow.

Conditions Governing Access

There is a 30 closure period on administrative records. If you seek records within this period, you should contact the Archivist.

Other Finding Aids

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Appraisal Information

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