Ayrshire Central Hospital

Ayrshire Central Hospital, also known as Irvine Central Hospital, is an NHS hospital in Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland. It is managed by NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

Ayrshire Central Hospital
NHS Ayrshire and Arran
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Ayrshire Central Hospital
Ayrshire Central Hospital is located in North Ayrshire
Ayrshire Central Hospital
Shown in North Ayrshire
LocationIrvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland
Coordinates55°38′03″N 4°40′23″W / 55.63417°N 4.67306°W / 55.63417; -4.67306Coordinates: 55°38′03″N 4°40′23″W / 55.63417°N 4.67306°W / 55.63417; -4.67306
Care systemNHS Scotland
Emergency departmentNo
WebsiteAyrshire Central Hospital
ListsHospitals in Scotland



The hospital is constructed on land which was formerly part of the southern portions of the Eglinton Castle Estate.[1] The hospital, which was designed by William Reid and commissioned by the now defunct Ayr County Council, was built from 1936 and was opened in stages from 1941 and became fully operational by 1944.[2] The hospital was constructed as a series of pavilions.[2] It joined the National Health Service in 1948.[3]

Flooding incidentEdit

On 1 December 2005 the maternity building was flooded by a burst water tank. The flooding threatened the special care baby unit and took fire crews from Dreghorn, Kilwinning and Kilmarnock 3 hours to control.[4]

Maternity and neonatal unitsEdit

Until the 1970's uncomplicated births were usually at home or at the nearby Buckredden Maternity Home in Kilwinning[5] while births at the hospital were often those that could involve complications.[5] Subsequently most local births took place in the hospital. However Ayrshire paediatric services were centralised at Crosshouse in July 2006[6][7] while maternity services moved to the new Ayrshire Maternity Unit at Crosshouse Hospital in August 2006.[8]


The hospital provides young disabled services and rehabilitation services, and has a number of assessment beds for the Elderly Mental Health Service.[9]


  1. ^ "Statutory Listing" (PDF). Historic Scotland. 3 December 1992. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Ayrshire Central Hospital". Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  3. ^ "70 years of care, let's celebrate our NHS". NHS Ayrshire and Arran. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Report". February 2006. Archived from the original on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2007.
  5. ^ a b "RootsWeb: Ayrshire-L Re: Irvine Central Hospital". Archiver.rootsweb.com. 31 May 2004. Retrieved 10 March 2009.
  6. ^ "Children's inpatient services are on the move". NHS Ayrshire and Arran. 10 July 2006. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
  7. ^ "The future of inpatient services for Ayrshire & Arran' s children" (PDF). NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
  8. ^ "Ayrshire Maternity Unit at Crosshouse" (PDF). NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 November 2007. Retrieved 15 October 2007.
  9. ^ "Ayrshire Central Hospital". NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Retrieved 13 July 2014.