Management and administration 1919-1948; patients (bound records) 1927-1949
Dunbar Cottage Hospital
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Origins lie in the Battery Hospital, a small World War I military hospital. Subsequently, the building was used to found the Dunbar and District Cottage Hospital which functioned from 1919-1926. Yorke Lodge was then acquired. In 1948 it became part of the Board of Management of East Lothian Hospitals under the South Eastern Hospital Board and changed its name to Dunbar Cottage Hospital. The hospital closed in 1973 when Dunbar's hospital services were centralised at Belhaven Hospital and the building was then used as a holiday home for patients. In 1974 it became part of the North Lothian District of Lothian Health Board.
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Robert Wilson, Administrator, East Lothian Hospitals, October 1983
Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists
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