A G Tough

Archivist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

c/o Glasgow City Archives

Mitchell Library

201 North Street

Glasgow G3 7DN

Opening hours:

09:00 - 17:00 (Wednesday and Thursday)

09:00 - 16:40 (Friday)

Document productions cease at 16:30 (Wednesday and Thursday) and16:00 (Friday)

Phone number:

0141 287 2883


General Data Protection Regulations apply.  Records for adult patients are closed for at least 75 years and those for children are closed for at least 100 years

The holdings of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives, one of the largest health authority archives in the United Kingdom, consist principally of the archives of the hospitals in the Glasgow area and in Greenock and Paisley.

These date back to the late eighteenth century when Glasgow Royal Infirmary was established. The archive also holds the prime records of the defunct Western Regional Hospital Board and of the Greater Glasgow Health Board.

The archives include the minutes of governing bodies, architects’ drawings of hospital buildings, photographs, accounts, correspondence, reports and records of patient care. Medical advances documented include antiseptic surgery (Lister), aseptic surgery (Macewen), caesarean delivery (Cameron), ultrasound (Donald) and the use of X-rays (MacIntyre). Developments in psychiatric care (Parry-Jones), physiotherapy (T M Anderson) and nursing (Strong) are also extensively covered.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives