London Metropolitan Archives - Item Details


Date of Creation:

1617 - 1996

Reference Code:


Scope and Content:
  • 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.
Extent: 320.21 linear metres
Classification: HOSPITALS
Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
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Administrative 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.
Copyright: Depositor
Source of Acquisition:
  • ACC/1656
    ACC/2222 (private gift)
    ACC/2495 (private gift)
  • B06/080
  • B99/101
  • B01/013
  • ACC/2975
  • ACC/3097
  • ACC/3285
Access Restrictions: These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 2018
Physical Condition: Fit
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.
Related Material: Royal Dental Hospital (H42/RD and H42/HSS) and Saint Olave's Hospital (H03/OLA/II) are at London Metropolitan Archives.
Publication Notes:

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