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NHS Archives 

The National Health Service for Scotland is made up of 14 regional Health boards. The Scotland and Medicine Network holds a number of NHS archives. A cross-collection network of NHS archives offers numerous possibilities for research into the development and practice of medical care across different parts of Scotland and how regional challenges have impacted provision. 

* Please note all clinical records remain closed for 100 years


NHS Grampian

NHS Grampian Archives hold the historic records of more than 100 hospitals and health organisations from across the Grampian region. These cover the period from 1739, when the Infirmary at Aberdeen was founded, to the late 20th century. NHS Grampian possesses the most complete archival records for an NHS body and its predecessors.

NHS Lothian 

Lothian Health Services Archive holds the historically important local records of NHS hospitals and other health-related material. We collect, preserve and catalogue these records and promote them to increase understanding of the history of health and for the benefit of all.  

The significance of LHSA's Edinburgh and Lothian HIV/AIDS Collections has been recognised by inscription to the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register.


NHS Lanarkshire

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 The North Lanarkshire Archives holds the historical records of NHS Lanarkshire. These include:

  • Alexander Hospital, Coatbridge

  • Bellshill Maternity Hospital

  • Calderbank House Hospital, Baillieston

  • Fairhaven Maternity Home, Lanark

  • Hartwood Hospital, Shotts

  • Law Hospital, Carluke

  • Motherwell Maternity Hospital

  • Roadmeetings Hospital, Carluke

  • Strathcyde (formerly County) Hospital, Motherwell

  • William Smellie Hospital (Maternity Ward), Lanark

  • Various management and board records

NHS Forth Valley

In April 2012 NHS Forth Valley transferred its collection of historical records to the University of Stirling Archives. The bulk of the material relates to two institutions, Stirling District Asylum (also known as Bellsdyke Hospital) and the Royal Scottish National Hospital.


NHS Tayside

The University of Dundee Archives are the official repository for the records created by NHS Tayside and its predecessors. These include administrative and management boards as well as 19th and 20th century hospitals and asylums across Angus, Dundee and Perthshire. 

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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde 

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. 


Due to changes in the archive service access is currently unavailable. We will update you as soon as this changes.  


NHS Highland

The Highland Archive Centre, Inverness is the place of deposit for the historic records of Highland Health Board/NHS Highland dating from 1798.  

The collection contains includes patient and staff records from Royal Northern Infirmary; Inverness District Asylum; Inverness Poorhouse as well as hospitals across Caithness, Sutherland, Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochaber. 

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