Stratheden Hospital

Coordinates: 56°18′19″N 3°03′18″W / 56.3054°N 3.0549°W / 56.3054; -3.0549
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Stratheden Hospital
NHS Fife
Entrance to Stratheden Hospital
Stratheden Hospital is located in Fife
Stratheden Hospital
Shown in Fife
LocationCupar, Fife, Scotland
Coordinates56°18′19″N 3°03′18″W / 56.3054°N 3.0549°W / 56.3054; -3.0549
Care systemNHS
FundingPublic hospital
TypeCommunity hospital
ListsHospitals in Scotland

Stratheden Hospital is currently a small community hospital in Stratheden, Cupar, Fife which was originally called Fife and Kinross District Asylum. Its name was changed to Stratheden Hospital in 1948. It was a centre of excellence in Child and Family Psychiatry from the 1960s. In the 21st century, it caters for psychiatric health. It is managed by NHS Fife.


Early history[edit]

The hospital opened as the Fife and Kinross District Asylum on 1 July 1866.[1] The first chief physician was John Batty Tuke. The hospital was extended at a cost of £20,000 in 1896. A further two new wings were added in 1905. Following the introduction of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1947 the name of the hospital changed to Stratheden Hospital on 7 July 1948.[2]

A leading Child and Family Psychiatry Department[edit]

1960 saw the arrival of Dr Douglas Haldane, an energetic and recently appointed young consultant child psychiatrist.[3] He had the novel idea of calling his department "Child and Family Psychiatry", a name that was to catch on elsewhere. His unit was located at 'Playfield House' and was opened in the grounds of the hospital. As the label implied, it catered for children, adolescents and their families.[4] Eventually, in 1975, two purpose-built buildings were set aside for the in-patient care for whole family groups, along the lines of the Cassel Hospital, south of the border.[5][6] The other consultant child psychiatrist appointed to the hospital was Dr Simon Lindsay, who had been a trainee of the distinguished child analyst Melanie Klein. Lindsay was said to have been the only direct Kleinian in the whole of Scotland.[7]

Recent developments[edit]

Plans for a new intensive psychiatric care unit (IPCU) at Stratheden were approved in 2014 and construction began in 2015 with funds awarded by Scottish Government. On 6 July 2015 First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined NHS Fife chief executive Paul Hawkins in a sod-cutting ceremony at Stratheden Hospital and said "The Scottish Government is investing over £2 billion in Scotland’s health infrastructure over the spending review period, with this development being one of many that demonstrate the Scottish Government’s commitment to continually improving health services.”[8] The extension cost £4.4 million and includes a communal lounge, rooms for rehabilitative and therapeutic activities, access to an outdoor courtyard, private meeting rooms for visits from families or visitors, an IT suite and eight new patient en-suite rooms.[9][10] Hollyview Ward, IPCU, was officially opened by Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health, in July 2016.[11]

Hollyview Ward, Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit (IPCU) Stratheden Hospital, Cupar, Fife, 15 May 2016


  1. ^ Doody, G. A.; Beveridge, A.; Johnstone, E. C. (September 1996). "Poor and mad: a study of patients admitted to the Fife and Kinross District Asylum between 1874 and 1899". Psychological Medicine. 26 (5): 887–897. doi:10.1017/S0033291700035236. PMID 8878323.
  2. ^ "Records of Stratheden Hospital". Fifedirect. 18 October 2005. Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Obituary: Douglas Haldane". Herald. 25 August 2012. Archived from the original on 23 September 2022. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  4. ^ Haldane, J. D., McCluskey, U. & Peacey, M. 'A Residential facility for families in Scotland: developments in prospect and retrospect'. International Journal of Family Psychiatry, 1, 357-372, 1980
  5. ^ "Letter from Dr. Haldane in response to Dr. Roger Kennedy on the subject of Families in an In-patient setting, alluding to the Cassel Hospital" (PDF). Royal Society of Psychiatry. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  6. ^ Obituaries: Douglas Haldane BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 05 October 2012) retrieved 26 December 2016
  7. ^ "Hugh Morton, witness to the Witness Seminar on the History of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 1960-1990" (PDF). 2009.
  8. ^ "Stratheden construction underway". Scottish Government. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Replacement of the Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit". NHSfife. Archived from the original on 3 October 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  10. ^ Smith, Craig (18 May 2016). "Stunning new £4.4 million psychiatric care unit opens doors at Stratheden Hospital". The Courier. Archived from the original on 22 June 2023. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  11. ^ "New purpose-built ward opened at Stratheden". Fife Today. 15 July 2016. Archived from the original on 29 June 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019.