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Records of Belvidere Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland

Compiled by Alistair Tough, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archivist, 23 July 1998.
GB 812 HB 65.
Records of Belvidere Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland.
Dates of Creation:
22.00 metres.
Held at:
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives.
Name of Creator:
Belvidere Hospital (hospital: 1870-1999: Glasgow, Scotland).
Language of Material:
Level of Description:
First edition.

Administrative/Biographical History

Glasgow Town Council built Belvidere Hospital as an infectious diseases hospital. It opened in 1870-1871 with a bed capacity of 250 (and 366 patients). Rebuilding and extensions continued until 1901. Belvidere remained primarily an infectious diseases hospital until after the creation of the National Health Service in 1948, when it was placed under the Board of Management for Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

In the early 1950s the treatment of poliomylitis patients lead to pioneering work in the creation of Intensive Care Units. A respiratory medicine unit was opened in 1954, the Regional Limb-Fitting Centre in 1960, a maternity unit in 1962, a regional radiotherapy centre in 1961-1973 and an orthopaedic unit in 1967. In 1974 Belvidere was placed in the Eastern District of the Greater Glasgow Health Board. Belvidere Hospital became a general geriatric hospital before closing in 1999.

Scope and Content

  • Admission registers, 1865-1965
  • Annual reports, 1896-1937
  • Building contracts, 1958-1983
  • Daily returns of patient statistics, 1887-1974
  • Diagnostic registers of patients, 1901-1908
  • Maps and plans, 1831-1981
  • Nursing report books, 1956-1963
  • Photographs, c1890s-1970s
  • Post mortem books, 1901-1949
  • Publications, 1866-1922
  • Registers of dismissals and deaths, 1910-1954
  • Staff registers, 1878-1950
  • Venereal Diseases Clinic records, 1925-1965
  • Ward journals, 1901-1929
System of Arrangement:
Chronological within record class.
Custodial History:
Records held within National Health Service prior to transfer.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:
Belvidere Hospital, Glasgow, 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 14 and HH 67: Records of the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow
GB 812 HB 28: Records of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow
Publication Note:
Checkland, O, Local government and health environment, in Checkland, O and Lamb, M (eds), Health care as social history. The Glasgow case (Aberdeen University Press, 1982).

Fonds-Level Description Compilation Details

Compiled by Alistair Tough, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archivist, 23 July 1998.