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Records of Gartloch Hospital, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Compiled by Alistair Tough, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archivist, 1 November 1999.
GB 812 HB 1.
Records of Gartloch Hospital, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Dates of Creation:
25.00 metres.
Held at:
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives.
Name of Creator:
Gartloch Hospital (hospital: 1896-1996: Lanarkshire, Scotland).
Language of Material:
Level of Description:
First edition.

Administrative/Biographical History

Gartloch Hospital was built by the City of Glasgow District Lunacy Board, Scotland. When the hospital opened in 1896 it had a bed complement of 540, this rose to a peak of 830 in 1904 but had decreased to 530 by 1909. Although primarily a psychiatric hospital, Gartloch operated a 50 bed tuberculosis sanatorium from 1902 which closed after World War II. During this War, Gartloch was transformed into an Emergency Medical Services hospital. Psychiatric patients were transferred to other hospitals and a number of "temporary" hutted wards built. A legacy of this wartime use was a 160 bed medical unit which was not phased out until the 1960’s. When Gartloch joined the National Health Service in 1948 it was placed under the Board of Management for Glasgow North-Eastern Mental Hospitals. When the Greater Glasgow Health Board was created in 1974, Gartloch was placed within the Eastern District. From 1993, Gartloch was one of the hospitals within the ambit of the Greater Glasgow Community and Mental Health Services NHS Trust. Gartloch Hospital closed in 1996.

Scope and Content

  • Admission documents, 1896-1968
  • Annual reports, 1898-1915
  • Accounts, 1959-1972
  • Case files on patients transferred elsewhere, 1939-1949
  • Cricket score book, 1914-1916
  • Dr Buchanan's out patients’ case notes, 1963-1965
  • Male and female casebooks, 1896-1955
  • Maps and plans, 1874-1992
  • Minutes of Board of Management for Glasgow North-Eastern Mental Hospitals, 1948-1974, with papers circulated to Board and its committees, 1968-1973
  • Minutes of staff meetings, 1986-1994
  • Pathological records, 1897-1967
  • Patient registers, 1896-1991 with some indexes
  • Photographs, 1895-1938
  • Staff registers, 1896-1948
  • Various files and miscellanea, 1867-1981
  • Various files and miscellanea, 1867-1995
  • Wages book, 1897-1910
  • Ward journals, 1970-1973
System of Arrangement:
Chronological within record class.
Custodial History:
Records held within National Health Service prior to transfer.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:
Gartloch Hospital, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling:
This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 812 procedures.
None expected.
Access Conditions:
Normal 30 year and 75 year closures apply.
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 HB 19: Records of Glasgow Corporation and Glasgow Parish Council in relation to public health
GB 812 HB 55: Records of Greater Glasgow Health Board
GB 812 HB 28: Records of Western Regional Hospital Board
GB 812 HB 30: Records of Woodilee Hospital, Lenzie, Dunbartonshire
Publication Note:
Hutton, G, Gartloch Hospital: 100 years (Ayrshire, 1994).

Fonds-Level Description Compilation Details

Compiled by Alistair Tough, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archivist, 1 November 1999.