Records of Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minutes 1881-1948
  • Annual Reports 1881-1947
  • Ladies Auxiliary Association Annual Reports 1917-1940
  • Accounts 1903-1957
  • Hospital Secretaries files 1939-1951
  • Registers of patients 1890-1948
  • Ward journals 1890-1948
  • Post mortem reports 1892-1963
  • Pathological reports 1907-1950
  • Record of attendances of out-patients for dressings 1933-1946
  • Emergency Hospital Scheme daily returns for Victoria Infirmary 1944-1947 and Philipshill Auxiliary Hospital 1944-1946
  • Pathological museum catalogue 1903
  • Publications 1903-1985
  • Caricatures of Glasgow medical men by Dr O. H. Mavor (James Bridie) undated
  • Material relating to Philipshill Auxiliary Hospital 1930-1957

Administrative / Biographical History

The  Victoria Infirmary is located at Langside on the South Side of Glasgow. It was opened in  1890  as a voluntary hospital with a bed complement of 84 beds. By 1906 it had 260 beds. A further 120 bed wing was added in 1927 and a paying patients block was completed in 1935. In the late 1940s the Infirmary was designated a major teaching hospital. Between 1959 and 1971 substantial upgrading and new building work, including new laboratories, operating theatres and Out-Patients Department, was undertaken. The Victoria acquired a convalescent home, Brooksby at Largs, in 1897 and built the first country auxiliary hospital in Scotland: Philipshill Hospital which opened in 1929. In  1948  the Victoria joined the National Health Service as the leading hospital under the Board of Management for Glasgow Victoria Hospitals. In 1974 it was placed in the South Eastern District of the Greater Glasgow Health Board. In  1992  the Victoria Infirmary achieved trust status within the NHS. In  1999  the Victoria Infirmary NHS Trust was replaced by the larger Southern Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust which also includes the Southern General Hospital.


Chronological within record class

Conditions Governing Access

Normal 30 year closures apply

Acquisition Information

Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow, Scotland

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list

Alternative Form Available

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Alistair Tough, Greater Glasgow NHS Board Archivist, 23 July 1998.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 812 procedures

Custodial History

Records held within National Health Service prior to transfer


Further accessions are expected

Related Material

GB 812 HB 28, Records of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow; HB 55, Records of Greater Glasgow Health Board; and HB 53, Records of Greater Glasgow Health Board South Eastern District.


Slater, S D and Dow, D AVictoria Infirmary of Glasgow, 1890-1990, a centenary historyGlasgow: Victoria Infirmary Centenary Committee , 1990 .