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The Hospitals of the Highlands – the list

(January 2021)

The date shown is when the hospital was first opened and they are listed under their original function. See also the page Highland Wartime Hospitals.


General and Cottage Hospitals

Royal Northern Infirmary   1804

Was main regional hospital. Now Community.

Town and County Nairn  1847

New build in 1906. Now Community.

Belford, Fort William  1865

Replaced with a new build on a new site in 1965.

Strath, Gairloch

Small local short lived hospital.

Gesto, Edinbane, Skye  1878

Closed 2006 and in-patients transferred to Portree.

Ross Memorial, Dingwall  1873

Now mainly Community but also has Rheumatology which was transferred from the Nicholson Mackenzie Hospital in Strathpeffer.

Invergarry  1880

Never more than a base for the district nurse. Closed 1950.

Dunbar, Thurso  1885

Almshouse until 1920s. Important for maternity in the 1960s and 1970s. Now Community.

Ian Charles, Grantown  1885

New maternity wing in 1923.  One of the first hospitals in Scotland to have doctor's surgery attached. Now Community.

Cromarty 1894

District nurse was also matron.  Many naval cases until the end of WW1. Mainly maternity from the 1930s. Closed 1953.

Lawson Memorial, Golspie  1900

Retained surgical services until the 1990s.  Cambusavie wing opened in 1989 and Cambusavie Hospital in-patients transferred. Now Community.

Bignold,  Wick  1903

Empasis on surgery.  Closed 1986 and in-patients transferred to Caithness General.

John Martin, Uig, Skye  1907

Mainly maternity by 1940s. In-patients transferred to Portree in 1964.

Mackinnon, Broadford  1914

Did all surgery in Skye from the 1950s. Major expansion in 1960s.

Pope, Helmsdale  1935

Closed 1939. Reopened 1949-74 for maternity but too small to be viable.

Portree  1964

Maternity and geriatric.

Caithness General  1966

Opened as Caithness Central. Major expansion 1985.


Infectious Diseases (ID)

Main ID Hospitals

Wick Combination  1849

Started off in disused flax mill then moved to Harrow Park in 1866. Replaced by Town and County in 1910.

Citadel, Inverness  1877

Cholera, smallpox and later TB. Unused by 1920s.

Burnside, Thurso  1892

Constructed earlier but lay unused. Closed 1911.

Lochaber Fever Hospital 1893

In the gounds of Belford Hospital.  Burned down in 1901 and rebuilt.

Ross Memorial, Portree  1894

Closed to admissions by early 1950s. Closed 1965.

Ballachulish ID  1901

Geriatric by 1950. Closed 1953.

Cambusavie, Sutherland  1906

Geriatric by 1970.  In-patients transferred to Lawson in 1989.

Meadowside, Kincraig  1906

Unused by mid 1930s. Sold for residential 1960

Nairn  1910

Used former Town & County building.

Town and County, Wick  1910

Now Geriatric and Community.

County, Invergordon  1917

Naval until 1921, mainly TB until 1970s then Geriatric and now Community.

Culduthel, Inverness  1917

Became main specialist fever hospital for the Highlands. Closed 1990.


Small Emergency ID Hospitals

Dunbeath 1849

Temporary for cholera outbreak.

Helmsdale 1880

Occupied part of a disused distillery

Invergordon Cholera Hospital

Erected during a 'scare' and dimantled the following year.

Berriedale 1894

Cottage converted by Duke of Portland with residential nurse.

Hospital Vans 1890s

Mobile hosptals used in Skye and on Black Isle.

Hawkhill, Rosemarkie 1897

House set aside to contain cases of typhoid locally.

Battengorm, Carrbridge  1898

Set up for railway construction workers. Closed by 1900.

Achmore, Daviot  1893

Set up for railway construction workers. Closed by 1900.

Smallpox, Wick  1901

Closed by 1930.

Smallpox, Waternish  1904

Possibly never used.  Destroyed in gale in 1919.

Victoria, Fort William  1904

Closed 1930s.

Lochcarron  1907

Closed by mid 1930s.

Smallpox, Nigg  1920

Opened to deal with smallpox outbreak at Fortrose. Closed the same year.


Pulmonary Tuberculosis (TB)

Grampian Sanatorium (St Vincents)  1901

Geriatric from 1956 when it was renamed St Vincents.

Inverness-shire Sanatorium  1907

Very remote and rarely fully utilised. Closed 1951.

Seaforth, Maryburgh  1907

Children’s hospital after 1922.  Children’s home 1949-80s.


Maternity Hospitals

Families Hospital Fort George  1913

Closed 1956.

Ida Merry, Inverness  1926

Closed 1940 when Rosedene opened.

Henderson Memorial  1931

Closed 1980. Geriatric only after 1978.

General Pope, Helmsdale 1935

Not exclusively maternity until reopened by NHS in 1949.

Rosedene, Inverness  1940

Closed 1951 when Raigmore maternity wards opened.



Inverness  1846

In Dunbar’s Hospital. Muirfield from 1861. Became Hilton Hospital.

Easter Ross Combination  1850

Became Arthurville, Tain. Closed 1980s.

Skye Union, Portree  1859

Closed 1930. Became school hostel.

Black Isle Combination,  Fortrose  1860

Later named Ness House. Closed 1944. Patients to Arthurville.

Thurso Combination  1860

Closed 1918.

New Inverness Poorhouse 1861

At Muirfield.

Nairn Union  1861

Became Balblair Home. Closed late 1970s.

Latheron Combination  1863

Closed 1950.

Sutherland Combination (Swordale)  1865

Became Migdale Hospital. New building 2010.


Mental Health

Englishton Asylum  1859

Small private asylum. Closed 1866

Craig Dunain  1864

Closed 2000.

Craig Phadrig  1969

Closed 2000.

New Craigs  2000


Wartime (temporary hospitals listed separately)

Glencoe House  1941

Maternity 1948-56 then general (mainly geriatric later). Closed 2009.

Raigmore  1941

Site of all major expansion since 1948.

Forse House  1940

RAF Auxiliary hospital. Post war residential home from 1947.


Convalescent Homes

Nairn (Northern Counties) Convalescent Home  1882

New building in 1893. Closed 2004.

Bona Convalescent Home  1894

Closely linked to RNI. Closed 1918.


Industry Linked

Foyers, Inverness  1895

For workers at aluminium plant but also for community e.g. to isolate typhoid.

Kinlochleven Hospital  1906

3 wards attached to the village surgery for casualty and sick aluminium workers.

Corriechoille, Lochaber  1924

18 bed field hospital for hydro power scheme workers. Closed by 1940.

Fersit, Lochaber  1930

24 bed field hospital for hydro power scheme workers. Closed by 1940.


Railway Construction Linked

Battengorm, Carrbridge  1893

For fever among railway workers. Closed by 1900.

St Josephs, Fort Augustus  1898

Possibly an extension of an earlier facility run by the Abbey.

Rannoch  1898

Field Hospital for railway construction workers.

Crianlarich  1898

Field Hospital for railway construction workers.

Polnish, Lochailort  1898

Field Hospital for railway construction workers.



Nicolson Mackenzie, Strathpeffer  1896

Rheumatism. Linked to Spa treatment initially. Closed 1993. Transferred to Ross Memorial.

Forbes Dispensary, Inverness  1832

Redundant with NHS. Closed 1949.


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