Eastern General Hospital
NHS Lothian
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Eastern General Hospital
Eastern General Hospital is located in Edinburgh
Eastern General Hospital
Shown in Edinburgh
LocationEdinburgh, Scotland
Coordinates55°58′07″N 3°08′47″W / 55.9685°N 3.1463°W / 55.9685; -3.1463Coordinates: 55°58′07″N 3°08′47″W / 55.9685°N 3.1463°W / 55.9685; -3.1463
Care systemNHS Scotland
Emergency departmentNo
ListsHospitals in Scotland

The Eastern General Hospital was a health facility in the Seafield area of Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland. It was managed by NHS Lothian at its time of closure and prior to that was managed by Lothian Health Board.


The hospital was designed by Joseph Marr Johnston and was established in 1907 by Leith Parish Council as the Leith Poorhouse.[1] Although it was built in two sections, a poorhouse section and a hospital section, the poorhouse section was almost immediately converted for medical use.[1] It was requisitioned for military use during the First World War.[2] An operating theatre and accommodation for nurses was added at this point.[3] In 1931, plans were approved for conversion to a hospital.[4] It joined the National Health Service in 1948 and developed considerable expertise in prosthetics[5] before closing in 2007.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Eastern General Hospital". Historic Hospitals. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Century of care comes to an end as Eastern General closes". The Scotsman. 19 January 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Edinburgh, Seafield Street, Eastern General Hospital, Infirmary And Administration Block". CANMORE. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  4. ^ "New Hospital for Leith". The Glasgow Herald. 9 May 1931. p. 7. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Michael McColm v. Borders General Hospital NHS Trust". Scottish Courts. 19 October 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2019.