NHS Ayrshire and Arran

NHS Ayrshire and Arran is one of the fourteen regions of NHS Scotland. It was formed on 1 April 2004.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran
TypeNHS board
Established1 April 2004
HeadquartersDalmellington Road
KA6 6AB[1]
Region served
Staff9,491 (2018/19)[2]
Websitewww.nhsaaa.net Edit this at Wikidata

It has a responsibility to provide health and social care to almost 400,000 people with an operating budget of around £700 million (for 2013–2014),[3] and planned budgets of £720 (for 2019-2020), £762.4 million (for 2020-2021) and £774.5 million (for 2021-2022).[4]


The health board has almost 6,000 staff working in their hospitals, and almost 2,500 staff working in the community.[5]

It is also responsible for the care provided by:[3]


East Ayrshire areaEdit

North Ayrshire areaEdit

South Ayrshire areaEdit

Emergency Departments (ED)Edit

Emergency Department at University Hospital Crosshouse

Only three hospitals within the NHS Ayrshire and Arran have a designated emergency department (ED), previously known as Accident and Emergency (A&E). University Hospital Crosshouse has a large department which was opened in the early 2000s. The Emergency Department at University Hospital Ayr was marked for closure, with the emergency department proposed to move from Ayr to University Hospital Crosshouse. This plan was eventually abolished,[6] and University Hospital Ayr continues to have an emergency department, as does the Arran War Memorial Hospital on the Isle of Arran.[7] Under the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027 a new National Secure Adolescent Inpatient Service has been approved and is expected to open in 2022. It will be named Foxgrove and will be located at Ayrshire Central Hospital Campus in Irvine.[8]


In May 2015 only 88% of patients attending the Boards A&E departments were seen within the four-hour target. This was the worst performance of all the Scottish health boards.[9]

The Health and Social Care Partnership in Ayrshire and Arran established three community wards to manage high-risk patients with heart problems and diabetes in 2016. This reduced emergency hospital admissions by 40% in the first six months of operation.[10]

Nicola McIvor, catering production & services manager, was awarded Caterer of the Year in April 2017 at the annual Hospital Caterers Association awards. The production and services department won the Staff, Health and Wellbeing award.[11]


  1. ^ "Contact us". NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019" (PDF). NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Introducing NHS Ayrshire & Arran". NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Scottish Budget 2021 to 2022". www.gov.scot. Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  5. ^ "Key facts about NHS Ayrshire & Arran". NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  6. ^ "A&E closure decisions overturned". BBC News. 6 June 2007.
  7. ^ "Emergency Departments (EDs or A&Es)". nhsaaa.net.
  8. ^ "NHS Ayrshire & Arran - Foxgrove – name for new national facility approved". www.nhsaaa.net. Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  9. ^ "NHS Lanarkshire statistics reveal hundreds wait more than eight hours in A&E". Daily Record. 11 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Health and Social Care Integration in Scotland: One Year On". Care Home UK. 24 April 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  11. ^ "HCA reveals winners of 2017 awards". The Caterer. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017.

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