Arbroath Infirmary

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Arbroath Infirmary
Location Arbroath, Scotland
Coordinates 56°33′16″N 2°35′50″W / 56.5545°N 2.5973°W / 56.5545; -2.5973Coordinates: 56°33′16″N 2°35′50″W / 56.5545°N 2.5973°W / 56.5545; -2.5973
Care system NHS Scotland
Emergency department Yes
Founded 1845
Lists Hospitals in Scotland

Arbroath Infirmary is a hospital serving the town of Arbroath and the greater area of Angus, Scotland. Arbroath has a population of over 36,000 and the greater area served is over 60,000. The hospital is situated at the top of Rosemount Road and is part of NHS Tayside.[1] It is separated into two wings. The Queen Mother wing hosts the maternity, minor injuries unit and outpatient department. The main wing consists of the medical unit with a female and a male medical ward, a physiotherapy gym and the X-ray department. There is also a kitchen in the main wing with a dining room. The operating theatre is no longer in use but is located in the main wing. There is no accident and emergency department in this hospital.


The origins of Arbroath Infirmary can be traced back to 1836 when a dispensary run by local medical practitioners was set up by public subscription to meet an urgent need for medical provision and the care of the poor in Arbroath. Following a typhus epidemic in 1842, a small fever ward for in-patients was set up, and the following year subscriptions began to be collected so an infirmary could be established.[2] The result of these efforts led to the official foundation of the hospital 12 January 1845 at premises in Dundee Road, Arbroath,[3] originally for cases of fever and accidents. By 1855, it had 50 beds,[4] and by 1867, that number had grown to 60.[5] After experiencing overcrowding, it was moved in 1916[6] to a larger building in Rosemount Road[1] With the advent of the National Health Service in 1947, Arbroath Infirmary became part of the Eastern Region Hospital Board.[6] A new wing was opened by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother on 26 September 1961.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Going to hospital: Our premises: Arbroath Infirmary". NHS Tayside. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Archive Services Online Catalogue THB 20 Arbroath Infirmary". University of Dundee. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Hay, George; John Adam (2008). Aberbrothock Illustrated: Being the Round O Etchings in Miniature. BiblioBazaar. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-554-64476-9. 
  4. ^ The Medical Directory for Scotland. John Churchill. 1855. p. 94. OCLC 558768324. 
  5. ^ Oppert, Franz (1867). Hospitals, infirmaries and dispensaries. John Churchill and Sons. p. 163. OCLC 7775963. 
  6. ^ a b "Arbroath Infirmary". Unlocking The Medicine Chest. University of Dundee. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Queen Mother to Visit Arbroath". The Glasgow Herald. 5 July 1961. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 

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