Bruntsfield Hospital

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Bruntsfield Hospital
NHS Lothian
Former Bruntsfield Hospital, Whitehouse Loan Edinburgh.JPG
Former Bruntsfield Hospital
Bruntsfield Hospital is located in Edinburgh
Bruntsfield Hospital
Shown in Edinburgh
LocationEdinburgh, Scotland
Coordinates55°56′08″N 3°12′09″W / 55.9355°N 3.2024°W / 55.9355; -3.2024Coordinates: 55°56′08″N 3°12′09″W / 55.9355°N 3.2024°W / 55.9355; -3.2024
Care systemNHS Scotland
Emergency departmentNo
ListsHospitals in Scotland

Bruntsfield Hospital was a women's hospital based in the Bruntsfield area of Edinburgh, Scotland.


Plaque and tablet on the hospital building
Sophia Jex-Blake memorial plaque in St Giles' Cathedral

The hospital had its origins in public dispensary opened by Sophia Jex-Blake at 73 Grove Street in September 1878.[1] It moved to 6 Grove Street, a building large enough to provide in-patient services, as the Edinburgh Hospital and Dispensary for Women and Children in 1885.[1]

When Jex-Blake retired and moved away in 1899, the trustees acquired her house, Bruntsfield Lodge, and fitted it out as an 18-bed women's hospital.[1][2] The hospital committee was led by well-connected women active in various social reform projects such as Flora Stevenson.[3]

In 1910 the hospital merged with "The Hospice", a small maternity home which had been established by Elsie Inglis and the Medical Women's Club at 11 George Square some eleven years previously.[2] A new ward block, designed by Arthur Forman Balfour Paul, was officially opened by Queen Mary in July 1911.[2] The hospital was joined the National Health Service in 1948 and closed in 1989.[2] The building has since been converted for residential use and is now known as Greenhill Court.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Bruntsfield Hospital". Lothian Health Services Archive. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bruntsfield Hospital". Historic Hospitals. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Reflections" (PDF). The Nursing Record. 9 December 1899. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Greenhill Court". AMA Homes. Retrieved 27 January 2019.

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