About us

The NHS in Scotland

NHS Scotland is made up of 14 regional NHS Boards, seven national NHS Boards and one public health body.

Each NHS Board is accountable to the Scottish Government. Regional NHS Boards are responsible for the protection and the improvement of their population's health and for the delivery of frontline healthcare services.  National NHS Boards support the regional NHS Boards by providing a range of important specialist and national services.

Introducing NHS Ayrshire & Arran

Our purpose: Working together to achieve the healthiest life possible for everyone in Ayrshire and Arran.

Our values

Our commitments

Our vision

Here in NHS Ayrshire & Arran we want the best for our staff and the best for local people. We pride ourselves on improving health and providing a comprehensive range of high quality, safe, effective and person-centred health services. Our strategic direction is based on continuous improvement and services that are centred on the patient or service user.

Over the years we have invested in modern community and hospital facilities, and our highly trained and qualified staff provide health care to almost 400,000 people.

More than 9,000 staff work in our hospitals - two University Hospitals at Ayr and Crosshouse near Kilmarnock, Ayrshire Central Hospital in Irvine and Biggart Hospital in Prestwick. We also have community hospitals in Arran (War Memorial Hospital), Cumbrae (Lady Margaret), Cumnock (East Ayrshire Community Hospital), Girvan (Girvan Community Hospital) and Kirklandside. They are committed to providing the highest standards of patient care to the people of Ayrshire and Arran. 

NHS Ayrshire & Arran is also responsible for making sure the people of Ayrshire and Arran get community health services from:

  • around 290 GPs and their practice teams providing a full range of general medical services across 77 sites, stretching from Ballantrae in the south to Wemyss Bay in the north, and including eight sites across Arran and Cumbrae;
  • more than 160 general dental practitioners providing NHS dental services at more than 70 sites, including Arran;
  • 98 community pharmacies providing a range of pharmaceutical services, including minor ailment services and public health services, across Ayrshire and Arran; and
  • 57 optometry practices providing services ranging from NHS eye tests to diabetic retinopathy screening and cataract follow-up across mainland Ayrshire, Arran and Cumbrae, with 10 practices providing care in people's homes.

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