Arbroath Infirmary

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Arbroath Infirmary
Geography
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
Organisation
Care system NHS Scotland
Services
Emergency department Yes
History
Founded 1845
Links
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.

History[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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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