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A film reviewing Scotland's various hospitals, part of the new National Health Service at the time. Three hospitals and their specialised departments are shown, and the narrator explains the new NHS system and the work it does.


UK : Ministry of Health, 1948.

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1 encoded moving image (21 min.) : sound, black and white



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Crown copyright, managed by BFI.

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Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 2.0 UK: England & Wales

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In English

Creator/production credits

Made by Hamilton Tait Ltd., Edinburgh. Produced for the Department of Health for Scotland. Directed and filmed by Hamilton Tait, written by M. Gordon Williamson and narrated by Frank Phillips.


This video was created from materials preserved by the BFI National Archive.


Segment 1 Opening credits. Over shots of various hospitals, the narrator explains that Scotland's hospitals and clinics are now part of the National Health Service. He explains the structure of the new NHS and says that many excellent facilities are now available. Balloch Miles House is seen, which received injured during the Second World War. A Red Cross ambulance brings a patient in. The patient records department is shown, as is the X-ray department. An appendectomy is seen, and the anaesthetic apparatus is pointed out. The nurse performs aftercare of the patient. Time start: 00:00:00:00 Time end: 00:06:51:17 Length: 00:06:51:17
Segment 2 The plastic surgery department is discussed; a boy's burnt hand is shown before and after plastic surgery, as is a man's burnt face. The dental department is seen; the dentist takes an impression of an injured jaw, metal splints are made and fitted over the patient's teeth. The ear, nose and throat specialist is seen examining a female patient. The optometrist is also shown. Another hospital near the Grampions is seen next, with a specialised orthopaedic department. Splints are seen being made and fitted to a male patient. The physiotherapy department is shown, with men performing physical exercises. The dispensary is seen. Time start: 00:06:51:17 Time end: 00:13:26:21 Length: 00:06:35:04
Segment 3 The nursing training school is shown, with nurses attending a lecture. A film show for the patients is put on at the hospital. A third hospital, also in the countryside, is shown. The occupational therapy department is shown, with a man weaving. Laboratory research, the canteen, and the nurses' quarters are also seen. Time start: 00:13:26:21 Time end: 00:21:22:10 Length: 00:07:55:14



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