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Records of Greenock Royal Infirmary, Scotland

Compiled by Alistair Tough, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archivist, 13 June 2008.
GB 812 AC 1.
Records of Greenock Royal Infirmary, Scotland.
Dates of Creation:
10.00 metres.
Held at:
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives.
Name of Creator:
Greenock Royal Infirmary (hospital: 1810-1979 : Greenock, Scotland).
Language of Material:
Level of Description:
First edition.

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Administrative/Biographical History

A dispensary for the treatment of the Sick Poor was established in 1801. This was incorporated into the Infirmary in 1809. In 1806 an epidemic of typhus fever prompted the erection of a Fever House of Recovery. This opened in 1809. Two wings were added in 1822 and a further extension was opened in 1847. A new Infirmary for the treatment of medical and surgical cases was opened in 1868 with fourteen wards. In 1930 Larkfield Auxiliary Hospital was built as a convalescent home for Infirmary patients. By 1943 Larkfield was accepting all the medical cases, leaving the Royal to handle the surgical and emergency cases. The Infirmary became Greenock Royal Infirmary in 1922, in recognition of the valuable work done for soldiers and sailors during World War One. In 1948, with the advent of the National Health Service, the management of the Greenock Royal was assumed by the Board of Management for Greenock and District Hospitals. In 1974 it passed into the care of the Inverclyde District of the Argyll and Clyde Board. With the completion of Inverclyde Royal Hospital in 1979 Greenock Royal closed.

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Scope and Content

  • Minutes, 1810-1939
  • Miscellaneous other records
  • Reports, 1810-1947
  • Registers, 1946-1979
  • Ward journals, 1870-1930
System of Arrangement:
Chronological within record series.
Custodial History:
Records held by Inverclyde Council prior to transfer.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:
Library out-store, St Columba’s High School, Gourock.
Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling:
This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 812 procedures.
None expected.
Access Conditions:
No restrictions.
Legal Status:
Public records.

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Copyright / Reproduction:
Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.
Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents.
Existence of Copies:
No known copies.
This material is original.
Finding Aids:
Descriptive list.
Related Units of Description:
GB 812 AC 9: Records of Greenock and District Hospitals Board of Management
GB 812 HB 28: Records of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow
Publication Note:
No known publications using this material.

Fonds-Level Description Compilation Details

Compiled by Alistair Tough, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archivist, 13 June 2008.

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