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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives


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Due to changes in the provision of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde archive service, there is currently no contact information for the service. We will update this page as soon as the service becomes available.

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NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Archives services are currently unavailable while NHS GGC reviews service options. 

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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.

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