Royal Cornhill Hospital

Hospital in Scotland, United Kingdom
Royal Cornhill Hospital
NHS Grampian
Location Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type Specialist
Emergency department No Accident & Emergency
Speciality Psychiatric hospital
Founded 1800[1]
Website Hospital website
Lists Hospitals in Scotland
Other links List of hospitals in Scotland

Royal Cornhill Hospital is a psychiatric hospital in Aberdeen, Scotland run by NHS Grampian. It is the main centre for the treatment of people with mental health problems in Grampian.[1]

The hospital is situated on Westburn Road, East of the Foresterhill site.

In 2013 the Health and Safety Executive issued an official warning that risk assessments at the Hospital for patients in danger of self harming were insufficient, after 3 suicides.[2]

Part of the site is now derelict and is to be redeveloped for housing.[3]


The hospital was founded in 1800 as the Aberdeen Lunatic Asylum.[4] The city’s dancing master, Francis Peacock, donated all the funds from the profits of his 1805 book on dancing to the asylum.[5] From 1852 it was the Aberdeen Royal Lunatic Asylum.[4] In 1933 the name was formally changed Aberdeen Royal Mental Hospital.[4] It became the “Royal Cornhill Hospital” in 1964.[4]


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  2. ^ “Royal Cornhill deaths: Hospital had ‘insufficient’ risk assessment”. STV. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  3. ^ “Revised housing plans for Royal Cornhill Hospital approved”. Press and Journal. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  4. ^ abcd “Collection: GB 1105: NHS Grampian Archives”. Aberdeen University. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  5. ^ Johnson, James (1853). The Scots Musical Museum. W. Blackwood and Sons. p. 126.

Coordinates: 57°09′15″N 2°06′59″W / 57.1542°N 2.1164°W / 57.1542; -2.1164

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