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Records of Royal Beatson Memorial Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland

Compiled by Alistair Tough, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archivist, 23 July 1998.
GB 812 HB 11.
Records of Royal Beatson Memorial Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland.
Dates of Creation:
21.00 metres.
Held at:
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives.
Name of Creator:
Royal Beatson Memorial Hospital (cancer treatment hospital: 1890- : Glasgow, Scotland).
Language of Material:
Level of Description:
First edition.

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Administrative/Biographical History

The Royal Beatson Memorial Hospital, originally being called the Glasgow Cancer Hospital, opened in 1890. The name was changed to the Royal Beatson Memorial Hospital in 1952. An out-patients clinic was opened in 1893. In 1930 the Glasgow and West of Scotland Radium Institute was inaugurated within the hospital. Despite an adverse assessment in the 1946 Scottish Hospitals Survey, new research laboratories were opened in 1951. In 1971 cancer research was transferred away from the hospital which was closed in 1988. From 1948 to 1974 the hospital was under the Board of Management for Glasgow Western (later Western and Gartnavel) Hospitals and in 1974 was placed in the Western District of the Greater Glasgow Health Board.

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Scope and Content

  • Alphabetical registers of patients, 1946-1970
  • Card index to patients, 1890s-1940s
  • District Nursing register, 1894-1931
  • Dr McCartney’s casebook, 1896-1905
  • Files regarding supply of radium, 1920s-1930s
  • Financial records, 1905-1948
  • In-patients case notes, 1897-1979
  • Maps and plans, 1950-1964
  • Minutes, 1912-1977
  • Night sisters report books, 1963-1968
  • Out-patients case notes, 1893-1960
  • Pathological investigation books, 1932-1981
  • Post mortem reports, 1896-1981
  • Radiotherapy registers, 1948-1956
  • Radium treatment case notes, 1930-1936 and 1948-1969
  • Registers of admissions and discharges, 1894-1988
  • Registers of deaths, 1940-1988
  • Registers of operations, 1894-1988
  • Research project papers, c1940
  • Staff registers, 1890-1950
System of Arrangement:
Chronological within record class.
Custodial History:
Records held within National Health Service prior to transfer.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:
Eastern District Hospital.
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.

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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 HB 37: Records of Glasgow Western (and Gartnavel) Hospitals Board of Management
GB 812 HB 55: Records of Greater Glasgow Health Board
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, 23 July 1998.

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