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Regional Physics Department Of Western Regional Hospital Board


Reference Code: GB 812 HB 70.
Title: Regional Physics Department of Western Regional Hospital Board, [later West of Scotland Health Boards’ Department of Clinical Physics and Bio Engineering], Glasgow.
Dates Of Creation Of Material: 1944-92.
Level Of Description: Fonds.
Extent: 5 shelf metres.


Administrative History: The Western Regional Hospital Board established the Department in 1953. The new name was adopted in 1974 when the the Department became a joint service of the West of Scotland Health Boards. For a time it was the largest clinical physics department in Britain. The bulk of its staff were based in hospitals but the department provided them with technical support, a unified management structure and enhanced promotion prospects. During the reorganisation which took place in 1992-93 it proved impossible to maintain a unified service in an area with so many autonomous trusts. The department was disbanded, with the professor of clinical physics and the largest single part of the staff transferring to the Western Infirmary, Glasgow.
Custodial History: Bulk of records held within National Health Service prior to transfer. Some items were in custody of Professor John Lenihan at the time of his death.
Immediate Source Of Acquisition: Department of Clinical Physics and Bio Engineering and Mrs Nancy Lenihan.

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Scope And Content: Registry files re department’s buildings, equipment and staff, services to hospitals and clinical research including cardiac pacemakers, ultrasound, and nuclear medicine, 1948-83; occasional publications of department, 1956-92; ephemeral publications of department, 1960-83; annual reports, 1954-60; various files, reports and publications removed by Professor Lenihan for projected history of department, including material relating to audiometry, radiology and radiotherapy, 1944-85; Hospital Physicists Association daybooks and publications accumulated by J. McKie (Honorary Secretary, Bulletin Editor and President), 1948-90.
Accrual: No further accessions are expected.
Arrangement: Chronological within record classes.


Legal Status: Public records.
Access: Normal 30 year closures apply.
Reprographics: Some material unfit for copying, otherwise no restrictions.
Language: English.
Finding Aids: Descriptive list.


Related Units Of Description In Same Repository:
Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow
Greater Glasgow Health Board
Lenihan, John Mark Anthony
Associated Material: None.
Publication Note: None.

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