Monklands Hospital

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Monklands Hospital
NHS Lanarkshire
Monklands Hospital showing the A+E unit.
Location Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Care system NHS
Hospital type District General
Emergency department Yes
Beds 535
Founded 1977
Lists Hospitals in Scotland

Monklands District General Hospital, is a district general hospital in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, Scotland.[1] Administered by NHS Lanarkshire,[1] it serves a population of approximately 260,000 people of North and South Lanarkshire council areas.[2] In 2009 there were proposals [3] to downgrade the accident and emergency A&E department which were reversed by the newly elected Scottish Government.


In 1887 Sir John Wilson Bt JP - a late 19th-century businessman and local politician - bought the Airdrie House estate. Upon his death, he bequeathed the land to the people of Airdrie and it became the local maternity hospital (Airdrie House Maternity Home Hospital[4]) in 1919. This closed in 1962 and was demolished in 1964 to make way for the current Monklands District General Hospital.[5] Monklands was the first new hospital, that is, one which did not provide new accommodation for an existing hospital to be built in Scotland in the post World War II era. Planned to be known as 'Airdrie District General Hospital',[6] it was renamed with the introduction of local council reorganisation, to Monklands District General Hospital. The first patients were admitted in 1977, however, some hospital departments were open in 1974 including the College of Nursing.

Airdrie House, c.1900

NHS Lanarkshire and the Monklands catchment[edit]

Main article: NHS Lanarkshire

NHS Lanarkshire is responsible for the health of more than 553,000 people living within the North and South Lanarkshire local authority areas. There are three district general hospitals in the area - Hairmyres Hospital, Monklands and Wishaw General Hospital.[7][8] Each of these hospitals has an accident and emergency department and provides a range of specialist medical and surgical services. Primary health care is provided in the community and includes general practitioners (GPs), dentists, pharmacists, health visitors and a wide range of health professionals. NHS Lanarkshire's primary care facilities include health centres and seventeen community and day hospitals.[9]


Collectively, Airdrie, Coatbridge, and their surrounding villages were once referred to as Monklands. Monklands District Council was the local government district until the abolition of the two-tier local government system and creation of unitary authorities in 1996 with the passing of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.[10] The hospital is technically in Airdrie, however it straddles the border between Airdrie and the neighbouring town, Coatbridge.[11]

Monklands Hospital serves approximately 260,000 people in the North Lanarkshire catchment area, including the major towns of Airdrie, Coatbridge, Cumbernauld, Bellshill, Viewpark, Newhouse. It forms one of three acute hospitals in NHS Lanarkshire.

The Monklands[edit]

Monklands hospital can be described as a medium-sized general hospital, apart from wards 1 and 2, all the hospital wards and departments are 'under one roof'. Wards 1 and 2 are reached through a glass tunnel. The hospital is distinctive in that it has two towers, one predominantly medical wards, the other surgical. The towers are six floors each, with a lower ground level, a ground and four floors above that. The lower ground contains the canteen, the pharmacy and the mortuary.

Monklands Hospital aerial view circa 1980

The wards, bed capacity and their specialities are:[12]

Ward/Area Speciality Number of beds
Ward 1 Renal 17 inpatients + day case patients
Ward 2 Infectious Diseases 30
Ward 3 Urology Day Suite
Ward 4/SRU General Surgery and Surgical Receiving Unit 34 (12 SRU + 22 Ward)
Ward 5 Surgical High Dependency 8
Ward 6 Breast and General Surgery 24
Ward 7 Urology 30
Ward 8 Medical Transitional Care
Ward 9 ENT and Maxillo-facial Surgery 28 + 2HDU beds
Ward 10 Gastroenterology/Dermatology/Renal 24
Ward 12 Acute Elderly Medicine and Rehabilitation 24
Ward 14 Endocrinology & Nephrology 24 (12 endocrinology + 12 renal)
Ward 16 Haemato-oncology 18 inpatient + day patient beds
Ward 17 Respiratory 24
Ward 18 Medical High Dependency Unit, Coronary Care Unit and Cardiology 4 HDU, 8 CCU + 10 Step-down
Ward 19 Acute Medical Receiving Unit 26
Ward 20 Acute Elderly Medicine and Rehabilitation 24
Ward 21 Acute Stroke Unit 20
Ward 22 Acute Elderly Medicine and Rehabilitation 26
Ward 24 Psychiatric Unit 24
Ward 26 Intensive Care Unit 10
MAU Medical Assessment Unit/Ambulatory Care Unit 15

Along with these areas, the hospital also has an A&E department and a day surgery unit. Ward 24 as a Mental Health area is under the authority of the primary Care Division of NHS Lanarkshire and is independent of the hospital. Prior to the refurbishment of the A&E department and the building of the ERU, ward 23 was an A&E short-stay ward. Ward 8 became ward 7a urology, this closed April 2010. Ward 11a was previously called ward 12; and there has never been a ward 13, for superstitious reasons. Similarly some hospital wards and departments do not have rooms numbered 13.

Centralised Services[edit]

As part of NHS Lanarkshire's A Picture of Health consultation on the future of service provision within Lanarkshire, the centralisation of specialist services at the most appropriate site is an ongoing process. The centralisation of services to Wishaw General and Hairmyres has been discussed.

The centralised services for NHS Lanarkshire at Monklands Hospital are:

Acute Services Review[edit]

NHS Lanarkshire's 'Picture of Health' document suggested the downgrading to two consultant-led A&E departments, with a choice between Monklands and Hairmyres for downgrading. The level two hospital will have a nurse-led Minor Injuries Unit, along with planned surgery, full diagnostic/outpatient services and general medicine. Eventually, Monklands was earmarked for downgrading. This would result in NHS Lanarkshire having consultant-led accident and emergency departments at Wishaw General Hospital and Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride [13]

The decision was widely criticised, including the former Home Secretary, John Reid MP, voicing his disapproval of the plans.[14] In September 2006, the plan was approved by Lewis MacDonald, Deputy Health and Community Care minister.[15][16] In May 2007, the Labour administration lost out to the Scottish National Party in the Scottish Parliament Elections 2007 and the decision was overturned by the new Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon. She demanded that NHS Lanarkshire find a way of keeping three fully functioning consultant-led A+E departments in Lanarkshire.[17] NHS Lanarkshire have since developed seven possible combinations of keeping three A+E departments open, which have now been delivered for public scrutiny.[18]

In December 2013 it emerged that Healthcare Improvement Scotland figures showed the hospital had recorded a higher than predicted mortality rate in 18 of the previous 27 quarterly reports.[19] The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland produced a report entitled "Learning from serious failings in care" in July 2015. They found above-average mortality rates at the Hospital and called on NHS Lanarkshire to make widespread improvements.[20]


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  2. ^ "Monklands Hospital, Airdrie - General information". NHS Education for Scotland. Archived from the original on 30 December 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  3. ^ "News stories re: potential downgrading". Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Monklands - Brief History of the area". Monklands Online. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  6. ^ "HoC 11th Dec 1970". Hansard. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  7. ^ "Hospitals". NHS Lanarkshire. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Welcome to Monklands Hospital - Inpatient Information". NHS Lanarkshire. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "NHS Lanarkshire". NHS Lanarkshire. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  10. ^ "Timeline". Monklands Online. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  11. ^ "Google map".  Postcode of Monklands is 'ML6', hence in Airdrie
  12. ^ "Ward information". NHS Lanarkshire. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  13. ^ NHS Lanarkshire: Monklands Hospital Developments[dead link]
  14. ^ "Reid attacks A&E closure decision". BBC News. 29 June 2006. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  15. ^ "Lanarkshire loses A&E department". BBC News. 21 August 2006. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  16. ^ "Letter on NHS Lanarkshire proposals for the future". Scottish Government. 21 August 2006. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  17. ^ "A&E closure decisions overturned". BBC News. 6 June 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  18. ^ NHS Lanarkshire[dead link]
  19. ^ "Study reveals 538 'excess deaths' at Scotland's worst hospital". Scottish Express. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "NHS accused of 'systemic failings'". Edinburgh News. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 

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Coordinates: 55°51′57″N 3°59′55″W / 55.86583°N 3.99861°W / 55.86583; -3.99861