Ailsa Hospital is a mental health facility located in the southeastern outskirts of Ayr, South Ayrshire, Scotland. It is managed by NHS Ayrshire and Arran.[1][2]

Ailsa Hospital
NHS Ayrshire and Arran
Ailsa Hospital
Ailsa Hospital is located in South Ayrshire
Ailsa Hospital
Shown in South Ayrshire
LocationAyr, South Ayrshire, Scotland
Coordinates55°26′03″N 4°35′34″W / 55.4342°N 4.5928°W / 55.4342; -4.5928
Care systemNHS Scotland
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In 1864, the Dundee-based architectural practice Edward and Robertson won the commission to build the hospital. Construction began in 1868 and the hospital opened as the Ayrshire District Asylum on 28 July 1869. The total cost of building the 230 bed hospital was £30,000.[3] Two ward wings were added in 1879, the recreation hall was extended in 1886 and the wings were extended again in 1894.[3] Two villas were completed in 1899 and a separate hospital block, designed by John Bennie Wilson, was added in 1906.[3][4][5]

It joined the National Health Service as Glengall Hospital in 1948[6] and became Ailsa Hospital in 1958.[2][3][4] A neurosis unit was established at Loudon House in 1968.[3]



Ailsa Hospital offers inpatient mental health services as well as some outpatient and community services. In 2016 many acute mental health wards moved from Ailsa Hospital to Woodland View, a building in the grounds of Ayrshire Central Hospital.[7]

It has a 12 bedded rehabilitation ward (Lochranza) [8] and five psychiatric wards for older adults - Croy (14 beds), Dunure (15 beds), Iona/Lewis (15 beds), Jura (15 beds) and Clonbeith (15 beds). These wards have single rooms.[1][2][9][10] The hospital is also the base for older adults liaison psychiatry.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Ailsa Hospital". NHS Ayrshire & Arran. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Adams, Lucy (15 March 2012). "The Forgotten". The Herald (Scotland). Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Ayrshire and Arran". Historic Hospitals. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b Goold, David. "Ayrshire Lunatic Asylum". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Architectural Drawing Of Ayrshire District Lunatic Asylum, Ayr". Scotlands Places. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  6. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Glengall Hospital Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland (1438175)". Canmore. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Mental health services". NHS Ayrshire & Arran. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Rehabilitation and forensic services". NHS Ayrshire & Arran. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Ailsa Hospital". NHS Inform. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Older Adult Mental Health Services". NHS Ayrshire & Arran. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Mental Health Advanced Nurse Practitioner (MHANP) and liaison services". NHS Ayrshire & Arran. Retrieved 22 November 2018.