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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 H01/WL
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1965-1993
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 11.53 linear metres
Name of creator(s): West Lambeth Health Authority | National Health Service


Administrative/Biographical history:

On the reorganisation of the National Health Service in April 1974 responsibility for St Thomas' Hospital and the other hospitals within St Thomas' Hospital Group (Grosvenor Hospital, Lambeth Hospital, Royal Eye Hospital, Royal Waterloo Hospital and South Western Hospital) passed to Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Area Health Authority (Teaching). This divided its area of responsibility into districts, of which St Thomas' Health District (Teaching) formed the north-western part. The new health authorities were responsible for community health services as well as for hospitals. In June 1975 St Thomas Health District also acquired responsibility for Tooting Bec Hospital.

A major development during the next few years was the opening of the new North Wing of St Thomas' Hospital in 1976 and the consequent closure of the Grosvenor, Lambeth and Royal Waterloo Hospitals. The Royal Eye Hospital closed in 1980. Its premises became the headquarters of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Area Health Authority.

A further reorganisation of the National Health Service in April 1982 abolished the area health authorities. Their responsibilities were transferred to the health districts. St Thomas' Health District (Teaching) became West Lambeth Health Authority dealing with the same geographical area and the same hospitals with the addition of St John's Hospital for Diseases of the Skin.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the West Lambeth Health Authority, including:
District Management Team minutes, 1974-1991;
standing orders and provisions in the National Health Service Regulations governing the conduct of meetings and proceedings of the authority, 1982;
reports and papers relating to planning for healthcare provision, 1974-1986;
papers regarding the computer policy, 1976-1985;
general reports and papers relating to the functioning of the hospitals, 1974-1984;
papers of the Department of Community Medicine, 1973-1979;
papers relating to Lambeth Hospital and Community Care Centre, 1977-1986;
papers relating to the South Western Hospital, 1973-1983;
papers of the Terminal Care Support Team, 1977-1982;
papers relating to Tooting Bec Hospital, 1975-1985;
publications, 1975-1988;
issues of 'Inner Circle', staff newsletter, 1976-1988;
papers relating to the proposed transfer of the Dreadnought Seamen's Hospital, 1982-1987;
papers relating to Saint John's Hospital for Diseases of the Skin, 1981-1985;
papers relating to other hospitals, including the South Western Hospital, 1979-1981, South London Hospital for Women, 1974-1989, Royal Waterloo Hospital, 1978-1981, Grosvenor Hospital, 1979-1980 and Belgrave Hospital, 1980-1987;
papers of the Strategies and Resources Advisory Committee, 1987-1990;
minutes and papers of West Lambeth Health Authority meetings, 1982-1993;
district reviews, 1983-1987;
papers of the Resource Allocation Working Party, 1982-1988;
membership papers, including correspondence, 1987-1999;
Saint Thomas' Health District (Teaching), District Management Team master papers, 1974-1981;
West Lambeth Health Authority, District Management Team master papers, 1981-1992;
District General Managers Advisory Group papers, 1985-1990;
District Management Board papers, 1986-1990;
Nursing Policy Group meeting papers, 1976-1982;
reports and papers of the Chief Nursing Officer, 1965-1987.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

H01/WL/A: Administration; H01/WL/C: Chief Nursing Officer.

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 to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records transferred on 30 June 1986 (ACC/2293) and 29 April 1987 (ACC/2421) with additional items transferred on 18 November 1985 (ACC/2207), 18 March 1986 (ACC/2257) and 21 May 1991 (ACC/2931).

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also H/01 - Saint Thomas' Hospital Group.

Publication note:

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:
November 2009 to February 2010

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