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Records of Ruchill Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland

Compiled by Alistair Tough, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archivist, 23 July 1998.
GB 812 HB 42.
Records of Ruchill Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland.
Dates of Creation:
5.00 metres.
Held at:
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives.
Name of Creator:
Ruchill Hospital (hospital: 1900-1998: Glasgow, Scotland).
Language of Material:
Level of Description:
First edition.

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Administrative/Biographical History

Ruchill Hospital opened in 1900 as a Glasgow Corporation infectious diseases hospital, Ruchill initially had 440 beds. By 1915 272 beds had been added for tuberculosis patients. It had 1,000 beds when it was absorbed into the National Health Service in 1948, under the Glasgow Northern Hospitals Board of Management. Ruchill was placed in the Northern District of the Greater Glasgow Health Board in 1974. The number of in-patients was 586 in 1975, 445 in 1980 and 280 in 1990. The hospital’s scope changed after 1960 as young chronic sick, geriatric and psychiatric patients were catered for whilst tuberculosis and other infectious disease patients became few in number. Ruchill Hospital was closed in 1998.

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Scope and Content

  • Admission registers, 1937-1951 and 1972-1989
  • Case notes, 1935-1960
  • Daily returns, 1934-1955
  • Discharge registers, 1972-1988
  • Maps and plans, 1892-1950
  • Post mortem book, 1930-1931
  • Prescription registers, 1904-1905 and 1938-1963
  • Printed ephemera, 1900-1983
  • Register of deaths, 1956-1966
  • Registers of patients, 1943-1983
System of Arrangement:
Chronological within record class.
Custodial History:
Records held within National Health Service prior to transfer.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:
Ruchill Hospital, Glasgow.
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 19: Records of Glasgow Corporation and Glasgow Parish Council
GB 812 HB 32: Records of Glasgow Northern Hospitals Board of Management/District
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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