Belvidere Hospital, Glasgow

Reference HB 65

Dates of Creation 1865-1983

Name of Creator Belvidere Hospital (hospital : 1870-1999 : Glasgow)

Language of Material English

Physical Description 22 metres

Scope and Content

Annual reports 1896-1937

Admission registers 1865-1965

Diagnostic registers of patients 1901-1908

Registers of dismissals and deaths 1909-1958

Staff registers 1878-1964

Post mortem books 1901-1949

Daily returns of patient statistics 1887-1974

Ward journals 1901-1929

Venereal Diseases Clinic records 1925-1965

Nursing report books 1956-1963

Building contracts 1958-1983

Photographs c.1890s-1970s

Publications 1866-1922

Maps and plans 1831-1981

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 led 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 .


Arrangement Chronological within record class


Conditions Governing Access

There is a 75 year closure period on medical records of adults, and a 100 year closure period on medical records of minors


Acquisition Information Belvidere Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland


Other Finding Aids Descriptive list


Alternative Form Available No known copies


Archivist's Note

Compiled by Alistair Tough, Greater Glasgow NHS Board Archivist, 23 July 1998, amended 19 February 2019


Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.


Appraisal Information This material has been appraised in line with standard procedures


Custodial History Records held within National Health Service prior to transfer


Accruals None expected


Related Material

HB 28, Records of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow and HB 14 and HH 67, Records of the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow



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