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

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