Ayrshire Central Hospital
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|Ayrshire Central Hospital|
|NHS Ayrshire and Arran|
|Location||Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland|
|Care system||NHS Scotland|
|Founded||1941 by Ayr County Council|
|Lists||Hospitals in Scotland|
It is currently providing Young Disabled/Rehabilitation services, and has a number of assessment beds for the Elderly Mental Health Service.
The hospital site is constructed on land which was formerly part of the southern portions of the Eglinton Castle Estate.
The hospital was built by the now defunct Ayr County Council from 1936 and was opened in stages from 1941 and became fully operational by 1945. The original hospital buildings were constructed as a series of Pavilions - a reminder that the hospital was primarily designed for use as a Fevers and Contagious Diseases hospital. The Pavilions south of the Red Burn (which officially lie in Irvine) were set aside for use for Maternity and Neonatal Services. The Pavilions north of the Red Burn (which officially lie in Kilwinning) were originally dedicated to the treatment of Fevers, Polio and Outpatients. It transferred to the control of the National Health Service in 1948.
On 1 December 2005 the maternity building was flooded by a burst water tank. The flooding threatened the special care baby unit and took fire crews from Dreghorn, Kilwinning and Kilmarnock 3 hours to control.
Maternity and neonatal units
Until 2006 the hospital provided neonatal intensive and special care associated with in-patient maternity services. Births at the hospital were often those that could involve complications; uncomplicated births were usually at home or at the nearby Buckredden Maternity Home in Kilwinning. People who were born in the area are often interested in the hospital for genealogical reasons.
Ayrshire Paediatric services were centralised at Crosshouse in July 2006.
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