Case notes

Part of:
Records of Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Archives and manuscripts

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About this work


Patient case notes numbers 1-1056 (ref: HB 13/5/178-194) have been recatalogued in detail for a Wellcome Trust funded cataloguing project. The great bulk of these are not covered by data protection laws, as the patients are known to be dead. A database giving details is available on request. Requests should be sent to the NHSGG&C Archivist: Each patient case file contains a variety of different material including case notes written by doctors about patient's condition, their background and family life and details of their progress during their time spent in Gartnavel. There is often correspondence from patients to family members, correspondence between Gartnavel staff and patient’s family members, temperature graphs and blood or lab test results, and notes or drawings compiled by the patient. In some case there are staff meeting or case conference notes. This was when the patient attended a meeting with the psychiatrists in Gartnavel often led by Dr Henderson. The patient was asked a series of questions which helped the psychiatrists to make a decision on their condition and the diagnosis. The whole meeting, including the questions and answers and the discussion on the diagnosis was transcribed and typed up. If case conference notes are included along with patient case notes this is noted in the catalogue entry, along with the date of the meeting and the names of the doctors present.

The Wellcome Library does not hold digital copies of all material in this series. The Wellcome Library does not hold records of material that has not been digitised. Patient records from 1914 onwards have not been digitised. Please visit the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives website or see the complete catalogue for full details of excluded material.



Physical description

177 volumes; 1139 folders


Generally arranged by type, then chronologically, with the exception of one set of case notes for male patients, 1814-1816, HB13/5/195.

Terms of use

The material is available in the Rare Materials Room subject to the usual conditions of access.Some files have access restrictions which are explained in the item-level catalogue records.

Location of duplicates

A digitised copy is held by Wellcome Collection.

Where to find it

Location of original

The original material is held at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives, the Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

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