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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): H09
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1617-1996
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 320.21 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Guy's Hospital


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Guy's Hospital Group was formed in 1948 when the National Health Service was established in the wake of the National Health Service Act 1946. It comprised Guy's Hospital, including Nuffield House and York Clinic, and the Evelina Hospital for Sick Children, including the Eleanor Wemyss Home.

When the National Health Service was re-organised in 1974 into Area Health Authorities, which were then split into Districts, the Guy's Hospital Group became Guy's Health District (Teaching) of the Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Area Health Authority.

By now this included the Royal Dental, Saint Olave's and New Cross Hospitals, in addition to Guy's and the Evelina.

There were further administrative changes to the National Health Service in 1982 and 1990. In 1982, Guy's Health District (Teaching) was merged with Lewisham Health District to form the Lewisham and North Southwark Health Authority.

In 1990, Guy's Hospital was established as a National Health Service Trust.

Guy's Hospital merged with Saint Thomas' Hospital in 1993 to form the Guy's and Saint Thomas' Hospital Trust after the Tomlinson report in 1992 recommended that one of the two should be closed.


Scope and content/abstract:

This archive contains the records of Guy's Hospital Group as it was in 1948, when it was formed. It does not include the New Cross and Saint Olave's Hospitals, which were added to the Group in 1965. However, it does contain the records of the Hospital for Diseases of the Skin, which was never part of the Guy's Hospital Group.

There are both administrative and clinical records for the Group in this collection, including minutes, accounts and correspondence, in addition to a large number of visual items such as photographs, library material and ephemera.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records of Guy's Hospital Group are arranged into eight sections. These comprise the two main institutions in the Group, Guy's Hospital and the Evelina Hospital for Sick Children, along with the institutions which were associated with the two Hospitals. These are the Evelina Hospital: Eleanor Wemyss Home, Guy's Hospital Children's Home, Guy's Hospital Trained Nurses Institution, Guy's Hospital: Nuffield House and Guy's Hospital: York Clinic. The eighth section in the collection is for the Hospital for Diseases of the Skin.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: Depositor

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in multiple accessions: ACC 1656, ACC 1684, ACC 1726, ACC 1774, ACC 1775, ACC 2209, ACC 2219, ACC 2222 (private gift), ACC 2495 (private gift), ACC 2501, ACC 2594, ACC 2975, ACC 3097, ACC 3117, ACC 3285, ACC 3535, B99/031, B99/101, B00/084, B07/069.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Royal Dental Hospital (H42/RD and H42/HSS) and Saint Olave's Hospital (H03/OLA/II) are at London Metropolitan Archives.

Publication note:

Mr Guy's Hospital 1726-1948 by HC Cameron (London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1954).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
February 2009

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