University Hospital Ayr

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University Hospital Ayr
NHS Ayrshire and Arran
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University Hospital Ayr
University Hospital Ayr is located in South Ayrshire
University Hospital Ayr
Shown in South Ayrshire
LocationAyr, South Ayrshire, Scotland
Coordinates55°25′50″N 4°35′35″W / 55.43056°N 4.59306°W / 55.43056; -4.59306Coordinates: 55°25′50″N 4°35′35″W / 55.43056°N 4.59306°W / 55.43056; -4.59306
Care systemNHS Scotland
TypeDistrict general
Affiliated universityUniversity of the West of Scotland
Emergency departmentYes Accident & Emergency
WebsiteUniversity Hospital Ayr
ListsHospitals in Scotland

University Hospital Ayr is a general hospital on the outskirts of Ayr, Scotland. It covers a catchment area of approximately 100,000 people in South Ayrshire and is managed by NHS Ayrshire and Arran.


The hospital, which replaced the Ayr County Hospital, Heathfield Hospital and Seafield Children's Hospital, was built on part of the site of Ailsa Hospital and opened as the Ayr Hospital by then-Prime Minister John Major in 1991.[1]

In March 2012 it became University Hospital Ayr as a result of the partnership with the University of the West of Scotland.[2]

The accident and emergency department had been due to close with services being transferred to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock. However, the incoming SNP government cancelled the planned closure in June 2007.[3]


The hospital has 333 beds[4] and provides a number of services including vascular surgery, ophthalmology and audiology.[5]


  1. ^ "University Hospital Ayr". Historic Hospitals. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  2. ^ Wilson, Caroline (20 February 2012). "Anger as hospitals are given new names 'out of the blue'". Evening Times. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  3. ^ "A&E closure decisions overturned". BBC. 6 June 2007. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Key facts about NHS Ayrshire & Arran". NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  5. ^ "University Hospital Ayr". NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Retrieved 9 July 2014.

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