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Insch War Memorial Hospital

Insch Hospital is situated in the centre of the town in its own grounds, with an adjoining purpose built Health Centre, which was built in 1979. The Hospital was built as a result of a desire by the people of Insch to erect a memorial for those who gave their lives in the 1914-18 war.

In 1919, the local town council met with the parish councils of the surrounding areas, and it was agreed that a War Memorial Hospital should be built. In total £7500 was raised, with the bulk of this donated by public subscription and the building site was gifted. The original hospital was opened in August 1922, with provision for giving medical, surgical and maternity services, comprising of eight general beds, three maternity beds and an operating theatre.

Over the years, the building has been adjusted and accommodation increased to meet the changing needs and services required by the local community. The people of Insch and district have continued to take an interest in the Hospital, even after it was given over to the Health Board in 1948.

In 1972, a day room was added to the original building with funds again raised by the local community. The Friends of Insch Hospital and Community contributed funds to build another extension in 1993.

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About Us

Since 2020
  • March 2020 - hospital closed

    sept 2020 - insch h&sc review steering group set up

    march 2021 - "Have a heart" campaign launched

    april 2021 - nicola sturgeon visits insch and promises to reopen hospital

    may 2021 - ijb approve sna - hospital to remain closed until outcome decided

    summer 2021 - SNA begins and community participates in surveys and focus groups

    march 2022 - after several delays, stakeholder groups began (sna)

    june 2022 - sna outcome presented at ijb. "wellbeing hub" to be pursued in existing hospital.

    aug 2022 - friends develop plans for modular build

    Nov 2022 - friends meet with ahscp and nhs to discuss modular unit

    jan 2023 - friends write to humza yousaf to make a proposal to reopen insch hospital

    march 2023 - humza yousaf's office states it would not be possible to reopen insch hospital following sight of a report from ahscp (which the friends strongly dispute)

The Friends of Insch Hospital and Community are a small Scottish charity based in the village of Insch in central Aberdeenshire. The Friends was set up in 1989 following a campaign against proposed closure of the local hospital's maternity unit but has gone on to tackle much wider issues.

The Friends have been a very active group over the years supporting both in-patients of the Insch War Memorial Hospital as well as numerous activities in the local community. Since the hospital was closed in March 2020 at the start of the COVID pandemic, we have worked tirelessly to get the hospital reopened

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Recent Causes

New garden furniture (2)
Coop lorry

Co-op Community Scheme Funding

Thanks to the Co-op Community Scheme at Insch Co-op and the generosity of it's wonderful customers, we were delighted to receive the sum of £2319.54 for our Community Wellness Out and About Project.
Our plan to spend some of the money on two sustainable benches is under way and we are seeking planning permission for sites at Whitehall View and Gordon Terrace, as voted for by our Facebook friends. The benefits of exercise and fresh air are well known, and as we continue our road to recovery from the pandemic and lockdowns the importance of connecting with others cannot be underestimated for our general health, and well-being.
We hope our benches will give people the opportunity to say ‘hello’ whilst taking in some of the lovely views around Insch. That wee chat may also just brighten someone's day
Collected: £2319.54

Upcoming Events


Tea Dance


2 – 4 PM

2024 dates:

19th january 2024
16th february
15th march
19th april
17th may
21st june
19th july
16th august
20th september
18th october
15th november
20th december

Teas and raffle

Admission £5

Music by Charlie Esson

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