Records of Regional Physics Department of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Registry files regarding department’s buildings, equipment and staff, services to hospitals and clinical research including cardiac pacemakers, ultrasound, and nuclear medicine 1948-1983
  • Publications of department 1956-1992
  • Annual reports 1954-1960
  • Files, reports and publications removed by Professor Lenihan for projected history of department, including material relating to audiometry, radiology and radiotherapy 1944-1985
  • Hospital Physicists Association daybooks and publications accumulated by J. McKie (Honorary Secretary, Bulletin Editor and President) 1948-1990

Administrative / Biographical History

The  Regional Physics Department of Western Regional Hospital Board was established in  1953 . In 1974 the Department became a joint service of the West of Scotland Health Boards. For a time it was the largest clinical physics department in Britain. The bulk of its staff were based in hospitals but the department provided them with technical support, a unified management structure and enhanced promotion prospects. During the reorganisation which took place in  1992  it proved impossible to maintain a unified service in an area with so many autonomous trusts. The department was disbanded, with the professor of clinical physics and the largest single part of the staff transferring to the Western Infirmary, Glasgow.


Chronological within record class

Conditions Governing Access

Normal 30 year closures apply

Acquisition Information

Department of Clinical Physics and Bio Engineering and Mrs Nancy Lenihan

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

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

Bulk of records held within National Health Service prior to transfer. Some items were in custody of Professor John Lenihan at the time of his death.


None expected

Related Material

GB 812 HB 28, Records of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow; HB 55, Records of Greater Glasgow Health Board; and HB 88, Papers of John Mark Anthony Lenihan, British clinical physicist, 1918-1993

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