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Report - Stratheden Hospital, Fife 11/07/09

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Rookinella, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. Rookinella

    Rookinella I should have danced all night
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    Visited with Rigsby, Speed, Urban Fox and Well Wasp.

    This was another hospital from last summer that's been held prisoner on a memory card up in Abroath so I'm posting it super late! It was great fun when we found some bikes and decided to take the quick route through the corridors. There was a maasive thunderstorm when we were there which left us trying to shelter in doorways whilst everything literally flooded around us :p

    Stratheden Hospital, or Fife and Kinross District Asylum as it was first known, opened on July 1st 1866.

    Purpose built to accommodate up to 200 mental health patients, the initial patient roster was 159.

    The first chief physician, Dr Tuke, was regarded highly as a doctor who changed the traditional methods of mental health care and helped pioneer the "open door" policy of the hospital. The reporting commissioner was impressed by this and noted that not one of the patients had abused it, including an inmate from Perth Prison who had been transferred to the hospital.

    The patients health benefitted greatly from this advancement in treatment and it was noted by the reporting commissioner that this led to the patients becoming "more contented and less destructive."

    In 1873 Dr Tuke retired and it was noted in a report by the local health commissioner that under his care the hospital had undertaken "a steady progressive improvement" and had assumed a "very prominent place among the asylums of Scotland."


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