Vert Memorial Hospital

Scope and Content

Administration 1942-1974; patients (bound records) 1944-1979

Administrative / Biographical History

Founded in 1929 by John Vert of Pendleton, Oregon as a gift to his native town. Between 1935 and 1940 a maternity section was added. In 1948 it became part of the Board of Management of East Lothian Hospitals under the South Eastern Regional Hospital Board. In 1974, it became part of the North Lothian District of Lothian Health Board when it ceased to be a maternity hospital. Finally it served as an annexe to Herdmanflat Hospital for psycho-geriatric patients.


Chronological within record class

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Robert Wilson, Administrator, East Lothian Hospitals, October 1983


Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists

Other Finding Aids

Manual item-level descriptive list available

Custodial History

Records held within the National Health Service prior to transfer


No further accessions are expected

Related Material

East Lothian Hospitals Board of Management (LHB17)East Lothian Hospitals Board of Management (LHB17)Herdmanflat Hospital (in LHB17)Herdmanflat Hospital (in LHB17)North Lothian District, Lothian Health Board (LHB27)