Urban Sketchers Exhibition: 150 Years of Western General Hospital

The Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation is delighted to present an exhibition by the Edinburgh Urban Sketchers at the Anne Ferguson Gallery form 15 July 2019 to 17 January 2020.   Edinburgh Urban Sketchers is the local chapter of the international ‘Urban Sketchers’ group. These works have been made by group members during regular visits … Continue reading Urban Sketchers Exhibition: 150 Years of Western General Hospital

Walk Around the Western – a 150 years ago on the 21st December 1868……….

The walk starts at the Clocktower although you can start wherever and this should take you a little over 30 minutes. In June 1867 the ground to build the Craigleith Parish Poor House was acquired at 16 pounds an acre from The Fettes Trust. The site comprised of ten acres of farmland at what was known … Continue reading Walk Around the Western – a 150 years ago on the 21st December 1868……….

‘Art Donor’ Art Exhibition | Anne Ferguson Gallery

5 Dec 2018 –28 June 2019 – All welcome! The exhibition 'Art Donor' celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Western General Hospital and can now be seen in the Anne Ferguson Gallery (formerly the LINK Gallery). These oil paintings, watercolours, collages, and original prints are just some of the art works donated to the hospital over the years.  … Continue reading ‘Art Donor’ Art Exhibition | Anne Ferguson Gallery

A Historical Perspective | Martin Eastwood

Martin Eastwood and Anne Jenkinson’s ‘History of the Western General Hospital’ is an amazing 250 pages of detailed description of the beginnings of healthcare provision in the west, on the other hand some say east, of Edinburgh until around 25 years ago. So popular is the publication that it is difficult to get hold of. … Continue reading A Historical Perspective | Martin Eastwood

The Western General Action Group | Dave Pickering

Digging through some Western General images on the amazing Scottish digital archive that is SCRAN, I came across a couple of pictures of people protesting outside the Western General. I was fascinated to find out a bit more and soon found a local social history group who also had some information about a campaign to … Continue reading The Western General Action Group | Dave Pickering

An Army Marches on Its Stomach | WGH Soft Facilities

I recently had the pleasure of meeting some folk involved in the inner workings of the Western General Hospital – those involved in catering, domestic services and portering. The more I look into life at the Western, the more I understand just how important all the different disciplines are in making sure that the patients … Continue reading An Army Marches on Its Stomach | WGH Soft Facilities

Listen to the Western Revue 1966

The Western Review became a tradition in the 1960s. The shows took place in the Recreation Hall, a large building which stood next to Porterfield Road , roughly on the site of the present Royal Victoria Building. The performers included nurses , junior doctors, medical students, radiographers, pharmacists, physiotherapists , porters and anyone else who … Continue reading Listen to the Western Revue 1966

Second General Military Hospital, Craigleith

One of Edinburgh’s military hospitals was the Second General Military Hospital, Craigleith. The hospital was run by a Territorial Unit, who requisitioned the hospital wing of the Craigleith Hospital and Poorhouse. The first patient was received as early as August 1914, and the hospital was handed back to Edinburgh Town Council in Spring 1919. When the Local … Continue reading Second General Military Hospital, Craigleith

The Re(a)d Bed exhibition at the City Arts Centre

The exhibition at the City Arts Centre on Market Street continues until the 8th of July 2018. Each painting in ‘The Human Comedy’ series by James Pryde (1866-1941) depicts a facet of the human condition. From the series, this exhibition features ‘The Red Bed’ (1916) from the City of Edinburgh collection, alongside work from Lothian … Continue reading The Re(a)d Bed exhibition at the City Arts Centre

WGH150 | Your Ideas and Suggestions

Chris Stirling, Site Director and Catriona Rostron, Associate Nurse Director have established a small working group of people to assist in the planning the 150th anniversary of care being provided on the Western General site. The group comprises existing and retired staff, and is supported by colleagues from the Edinburgh and Lothian Health Foundation, Lothian … Continue reading WGH150 | Your Ideas and Suggestions

Norman Dott Pioneer Neurosurgeon

Professor Norman McOmish Dott (1897-1973) was born in Edinburgh to art dealer Peter McOmish Dott and his wife, Rebecca, and was the third of five children. Norman showed considerable flair for design and engineering and was apprenticed to the local engineering firm of McTaggart Scott & Co after he left George Heriot’s School. However, a … Continue reading Norman Dott Pioneer Neurosurgeon