Records of the Southern General Hospital, Glasgow

Scope and Content

  • Annual reports, 1906-1996;
  • Registers, 1885-1970;
  • Indexes to registers, 1885-1970;
  • Miscellaneous, 1868-1984;
  • Maps and plans, 1852-1993;
  • Photographs, 1902-1975;
  • Case notes, 1891-1949;
  • Genitourinary medicine department, 1919-1973;
  • Medical staff association, 1945-2002;
  • Institute of Neurological Sciences, 1942-1995;
  • Psychiatric case conference notes, 1954-1963

Administrative / Biographical History

The Southern General Hospital [SGH] was originally the hospital of the Govan Poor House. Its earliest buildings were in Eglinton St. In 1872 a new 240 bed general hospital and 180 patient lunatic asylum were built at the present site. In 1902-05 major extensions provided 700 more beds. In 1912 Govan was absorbed into Glasgow Parish. Between 1912 and 1948 the SGH (which adopted that name in 1923) was run by Glasgow Parish Council and then by Glasgow Corporation. Upgrading of the hospital's facilities, in the form of a multiplicity of medium-sized projects, began in the 1950s and was capped with the opening of a new Maternity Unit in 1970 and the completion of the Institute of Neurological Sciences in 1972. Between 1948 and 1974 responsibility for the SGH rested with the Board of Management for Glasgow South Western Hospitals and in 1974 it was transferred to the South Western District of the Greater Glasgow Health Board. In 1992 the Southern General Hospital NHS Trust was created.


Arranged within series.

Access Information

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

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

Appraisal Information

Appraised according to standard GB 0812 procedure.


Further accruals expected.

Related Material

  • GB 812 HB 16: Records of Glasgow South–Western Hospitals Board of Management;
  • GB 812 HB 18: Records of Elder Cottage Hospital, Glasgow;
  • GB 812 HB 19: Records of Glasgow Corporation and Glasgow Parish Council;
  • GB 0812 HB 43, Records of Killearn Hospital;
  • GB 812 HB 55: Records of Greater Glasgow Health Board.

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