Records of Royal Beatson Memorial Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Alphabetical registers of patients, 1946-1970;
  • Card index to patients, 1890s-1940s;
  • District Nursing register, 1894-1931;
  • Dr McCartney's casebook, 1896-1905;
  • Files regarding supply of radium, 1920s-1930s;
  • Financial records, 1905-1948;
  • In-patients case notes, 1897-1979;
  • Maps and plans, 1950-1964;
  • Minutes, 1912-1977;
  • Night sisters report books, 1963-1968;
  • Out-patients case notes, 1893-1960;
  • Pathological investigation books, 1932-1981;
  • Post mortem reports, 1896-1981;
  • Radiotherapy registers, 1948-1956;
  • Radium treatment case notes, 1930-1936 and 1948-1969;
  • Registers of admissions and discharges, 1894-1988;
  • Registers of deaths, 1940-1988;
  • Registers of operations, 1894-1988
  • Research project papers, c1940
  • Staff registers, 1890-1950

Administrative / Biographical History

The Royal Beatson Memorial Hospital, originally being called the Glasgow Cancer Hospital, opened in 1890. The name was changed to the Royal Beatson Memorial Hospital in 1952. An out-patients clinic was opened in 1893. In 1930 the Glasgow and West of Scotland Radium Institute was inaugurated within the hospital. Despite an adverse assessment in the 1946 Scottish Hospitals Survey, new research laboratories were opened in 1951. In 1971 cancer research was transferred away from the hospital which was closed in 1988. From 1948 to 1974 the hospital was under the Board of Management for Glasgow Western (later Western and Gartnavel) Hospitals and in 1974 was placed in the Western District of the Greater Glasgow Health Board.


Arranged by 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. The 75 year closure period also applies to staff records.

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

Other Finding Aids

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Appraisal Information

Appraised according to standard GB 0812 procedure.


No further accruals expected.

Related Material

GB 812 HB 37: Records of Glasgow Western (and Gartnavel) Hospitals Board of Management; GB 812 HB 55: Records of Greater Glasgow Health Board; GB 812 HB 28: Records of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow