Stratheden Hospital was first opened in July of 1866. The purpose built asylum buildings held up to 200 patients at the begining.

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 1896 the hospital underwent a vast extension programme in order to ease overcrowding. It was described by the reporting commissioner as “a valuable and instructive advance in asylum administration”. Over £20,000 was spent, in order to increase the capacity of the hospital to 600.  In 1900 the Springfield estate was completely purchased, and by 1905 two new hospital wings had been opened, to accommodate the large influx of in-patients seen by the hospital at the time.

The NHS Act 1947 brought in new measures and organisational structures throughout the country, and Fife was no exception. The Springfield Mental Hospital Group, which was the governing body for the surrounding local mental health hospitals, was changed to the Fife Mental Hospital Board of Management. The NHS Act was implemented fully by 5th July 1948. On the 7th July 1948, just two days later, it was decided that Fife and Kinross District Asylum was to also undergo a name change. Implemented in January 1949, Fife and Kinross District Asylum was changed to what we now know as Stratheden Hospital.

12 Comments

  • Sandy McInnes, September 18, 2020 @ 08:31

    I was a student nurse 1963 to 1966 and lived in the home
    Sandy McInnes
    Anyone remember?

  • Heather duncan, June 21, 2020 @ 20:32

    Hi does anyone know if the cottages on the edge of the ground are still available for patients to rehabilitate? My cousin stayed for a while about 6 years ago, thanks x

  • Zoe Urquhart-Cormack, May 18, 2020 @ 16:42

    I was a patient here for a year in my teens aged 14 ish in 1994/95, in the childrens unit then then secure adult unit, anybody have info on the place around this time, would love a clearer picture of the time I was there, it`s all fairly blurred. Maybe taff remember me. Happy to make contact

  • tumbles, May 12, 2020 @ 20:24

    I don’t think so – but its not entirely impossible it had such a building. If you want to mail me a copy of the postcard I could have a look and see if I can relate the picture to the buildings.

  • Carl Evans, May 11, 2020 @ 08:18

    I have found a photograph post card entitled Stratheden – The Swimming Bath. Can anyone tell me whether there was a swimming bath at this Hospital please?

  • Lesley Campbell, April 13, 2020 @ 16:18

    Bruce Scott , Hi I was a student there around 1976….. 77 one of my placements was in the rehab unit . day unit the sister was lovely she was called Ann and I became friendly with a nurse called ANNE Schooling who lived in Fruchie,I tried looking for her to no avail but I wonder if you know her . ..??

  • EWS CT, January 8, 2020 @ 20:19

    Hello, Does anyone know if there is a list of people who were resident at the hospital please – 1950’s to 1970 maybe? Im trying to trace Elizabeth Whitfield who was at a hospital in Fife for some of this time frame. Thank you.

  • Marjory mowinski, May 1, 2019 @ 09:15

    Looking for euphemia hunter previously Watson m.s.kilday was she here approximately 1936

  • Eileen Hughes, June 11, 2018 @ 17:43

    I cannot find any trace of a mother & daughter who lived & died here. They were Robina Allan Dingwall Forrester who died in the asylum on 13.2.1926 age 32. She died of pulmonary congestion. Her mother outlived her by several years, her name was Elizabeth “Lizzie” Dingwall nee Allan who died on 2.2.1933 age 80. I cannot find any trace of them in the archives? Please can you help? Thank you.

  • Iain, March 13, 2018 @ 10:28

    My mum and dad both worked there. My dad did 35 years I think? Mum day shift dad nightshift. Had its own mortuary at the bottom of the hill. Creepy wee place.

  • Bruce Scott, December 10, 2017 @ 21:27

    I worked there for 39 years, and retired 7 year ago. If Pat Wylie can get in touch with me I will try and help her if I get more details.

  • Pam Wylie, April 21, 2017 @ 02:40

    Is there a list of people in the cemetery there? Looking for Robert Wyllie

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