Broadfield and Merchiston Hospitals, Renfrewshire

Reference AC44
Dates of Creation 1909-1990
Name of Creator Broadfield and Merchiston Hospitals (hospitals: 1909-1990 : Renfrewshire)
Language of Material English
Physical Description 0.50 meter

Scope and Content

Registers, 1925-1990;
Photographs, 1909-1979;
Miscellaneous other records, 1926-1980.

Administrative / Biographical History

Broadfield Hospital was opened in 1925 and catered for mentally deficient men. Broadstone House was purchased by Paisley Burgh in 1929 to accommodate mentally deficient females and juveniles. Broadfield and Broadstone were administered as a single hospital. In 1946, Broadfield was sold to the Port Glasgow Town Council, who cleared the site. Paisley Burgh bought Merchiston House as a replacement and patients were moved there in 1948. This facility was known as Broadfield Hospital, Merchiston Unit. In 1958 two new wings were added providing an extra 70 beds. In 1979 Merchiston was redeveloped with four 30-bedded units built to a modern bungalow design. In 1948, with the advent of the National Health Service, the management of Broadfield (including the Merchiston Unit) was assumed by the Board of Management for Greenock and District Hospitals. In 1974 it passed into the care of the Inverclyde District of the Argyll and Clyde Board. The hospital closed in 2007-2008.

Arranged by series.

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.
Other Finding Aids
A paper based finding aid can be located in the searchroom.

Appraisal Information
Appraised in line with standard procedures.

No further accruals expected.

Related Material
AC 9: Records of Greenock and District Hospitals Board of Management; HB 28: Records of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow