Records of Gartloch Hospital, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Reference and contact details: GB 812 HB 001
Title:Records of Gartloch Hospital, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Dates of Creation: 1896-1995
Extent: 25 metres
Held at: NHS Greater Glasgow Archive
Name of Creator: Gartloch Hospital (1896-1996 : Lanarkshire, Scotland)
Level of Description: fonds
Language of Material: English
Published by: NHS Greater Glasgow Archive, 21 January 2002

Administrative/Biographical History

Gartloch Hospital was built by the City of Glasgow District Lunacy Board, Scotland. When the hospital opened in 1896 it had a bed complement of 540, this rose to a peak of 830 in 1904 but had decreased to 530 by 1909. Although primarily a psychiatric hospital, Gartloch operated a 50 bed tuberculosis sanatorium from 1902 which closed after World War II. During this War, Gartloch was transformed into an Emergency Medical Services hospital. Psychiatric patients were transferred to other hospitals and a number of 'temporary' hutted wards built. A legacy of this wartime use was a 160 bed medical unit which was not phased out until the 1960's . When Gartloch joined the National Health Service in 1948 it was placed under the Board of Management for Glasgow North-Eastern Mental Hospitals. When the Greater Glasgow Health Board was created in 1974, Gartloch was placed within the Eastern District. From 1993, Gartloch was one of the hospitals within the ambit of the Greater Glasgow Community and Mental Health Services NHS Trust. Gartloch Hospital closed in 1996.

Scope and Content

  • Minutes of Board of Management for Glasgow North-Eastern Mental Hospitals 1948-74, with papers circulated to Board and its committees 1968-73
  • Minutes of staff meetings 1986-94
  • Annual reports 1898-1915
  • Accounts 1959-72
  • Wages book 1897-1910
  • Various files and miscellanea 1867-1995
  • Patient registers 1896-1991 with some indexes
  • Admission documents 1896-1968
  • Male and female casebooks 1896-1955
  • Ward journals 1970-73
  • Case files on patients transferred elsewhere 1939-49
  • Dr Buchanan's out patients' case notes 1963-5
  • Pathological records 1897-1967
  • Staff registers 1896-1948
  • Photographs 1895-1938
  • Maps and plans 1874-1992
  • Various files and miscellanea 1867-1981
  • Cricket score book 1914-16

System of Arrangement

The material is arranged into series as described in the scope and content. Within series, the items are generally arranged chronologically

Custodial History

Records held within National Health Service prior to transfer

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gartloch Hospital, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Appraisal, Destruction, Scheduling

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 812 procedures


None expected

Access Conditions

Administrative records are subject to a 30 year closure period and 75 years for clinical patient records, subject to the over-riding provisions of the Data Protection Act


Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the GGHB archivist

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Finding Aids

Manual file level list available in searchroom.

Manual file level list available at the National Register of Archives London (NRA 38296)

This material is original

Related units of description in same repository

GB 812 HB 019 Records of Glasgow Corporation and Glasgow Parish Council in relation to public health

GB 812 HB 028 Records of the Western Regional Hospital Board, Scotland

GB 812 HB 030 Records of Woodilee Hospital, Lenzie, Dunbartonshire, Scotland

GB 812 HB 055 Records of Greater Glasgow Health Board, Scotland

Publication note

Hutton, G, Gartloch Hospital: 100 years(Ayrshire 1994)

Processing information

Compiled by Alistair Tough, GGHB Archivist, 1 November 1999

Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 19 December 2001