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Records of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow, Scotland

Compiled by Alistair Tough, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archivist, 23 July 1998.
GB 812 HB 28.
Records of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow, Scotland.
Dates of Creation:
40.00 metres.
Held at:
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives.
Name of Creator:
Western Regional Hospital Board (hospital board: 1947-1974: Glasgow, Scotland).
Language of Material:
Level of Description:
First edition.

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Administrative/Biographical History

The Western Regional Hospital Board (WRHB) was established under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act of 1947. It was responsible for hospital services and clinics, both former local authority and voluntary institutions. Public health remained a local authority function whilst the provision of general practitioner services was the responsibility of various NHS Executive Councils. It was by far the largest Health Board in Scotland, covering the City of Glasgow and the counties of Argyll, Ayr, Clackmannan, Dumfries, Dunbarton, Kirkcudbright, Lanark, Renfrew, Stirling and Wigton. Approximately half of Scotland’s population were within the WRHB area.

The WRHB appointed Boards of Management to manage the hospitals and clinics on a day to day basis. The Regional Board retained responsibility for strategic planning and for the oversight of Board of Management finances. The WRHB also coordinated medical education, particularly at post graduate level, in liasion with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the University of Glasgow. It was abolished in 1974 when it was succeeded by the Greater Glasgow Health Board and four other boards (Argyll and Clyde, Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Galloway, and Lanarkshire).

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Scope and Content

  • Accounts and statistical statements regarding finance, staff, patients and other matters, 1948-1974
  • Annual accounts of constituent Boards of Management, 1956-1974
  • Annual Reports, 1951-1972
  • Circulars received from Department of Health for Scotland / Scottish Home and Health Department, 1948-1974
  • Infectious Diseases Hospitals’ Annual Reports, 1951-1972
  • Maps and plans, 1948-1967
  • Minutes, 1947-1974
  • Papers regarding appointments to, and composition of, Boards of Management, 1948-1972
  • Regional Review, 1965-1973
  • Secretariat files, 1947-1974
  • Work Study Department reports, 1961-1972
System of Arrangement:
Chronological within record class.
Custodial History:
Records held within National Health Service prior to transfer.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:
Greater Glasgow Health Board.
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:
Almost every hospital, clinic and board of management, the records of which are held in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives (GB 812), was subordinate to the WRHB during the period of its existence.
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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