Chalmers Hospital

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Chalmers Hospital
NHS Grampian
Chalmers hospital, Banff, Scotland. Wood engraving by W.E. H Wellcome L0014051.jpg
Wood engraving by W.E. Hodgkin, 1862
Location Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Care system NHS Scotland
Hospital type General
Emergency department Minor injuries unit[1]
Founded 1864
Website NHS Grampian - Chalmers Hospital - Banff
Lists Hospitals in Scotland

Chalmers Hospital is an NHS general hospital located in Banff, Scotland, a small coastal town around 46.5 miles north west of Aberdeen.


Chalmers Hospital was founded by Alexander Chalmers (died 11 August 1835), a merchant of Banff, who left the whole of his estate to be applied, upon the death of his wife, towards funding and building a hospital for the people in the Royal Burgh of Banff.[2] Mrs Chalmers died in 1861, and on 19 July 1864 Chalmers Hospital opened.[2] The original 'deed of mortification' set out that this was for any destitute sick persons born, domiciled or resident in the Banff area, although in 1929 the trustees successfully petitioned to this restriction.[3]


The hospital is supported by GPs from Banff, Gamrie, Deveron, Macduff, Portsoy and Aberchirder Medical Practices.[2]

Chalmers Hospital has four in-patient wards: Seafield; Deveron; Findlater; and Midwifery. Chalmers provides an extensive range of clinics, these include, surgical, gynaecology audiology, orthopaedics, child development, psychiatry, respiratory, diabetic dietician, ophthalmology, dermatology, teledermatology, urology, radiotherapy, gastroenterology, obstetrics, and minor surgery.

The hospital has a 24-hour Minor injuries unit[1] with a telemedicine link to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary's Accident and Emergency Unit. Chalmers Hospital works closely with Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI), and uses air transport regularly.


Chalmers Hospital went through major redevelopment work which was complete in February 2012.[4] The work began in October 2008,[5] after the hospital attracted criticism for not being up to date, with some of the interior features having been there since World War II. The hospital remained open during the work,[6] although the Findlater ward services were moved to Campbell Hospital in Portsoy until refurbished, and Seafield and Deveron ward have been merged. The Midwifery unit was to be demolished and rebuilt to provide modern facilities. Numerous other internal changes were also made inside, including X-ray facilities being moved to a different area of the building. The redevelopment also provided upgraded facilities for physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and podiatry.[7]


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  2. ^ a b c "Chalmers Hospital". NHS Grampian. Retrieved 7 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Chalmers' Hospital Banff". The Glasgow Herald. 6 November 1929. p. 12. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Princess Royal visits hospital after £15m overhaul". STV News. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Chalmers Hospital- Casualty Move". NHS Grampian. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Robertson & NHS Grampian Take a Seat" (Press release). Robertson Group. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Chalmers Hospital and Banff Health Centre". NHS Grampian. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 

Coordinates: 57°40′10″N 2°31′24″W / 57.66944°N 2.52333°W / 57.66944; -2.52333