The Company HQ buildings are located in Inverness and Dingwall. We operate leisure centres, libraries, museums and a host of other services on behalf of The Highland Council. High Life Highland is a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland No. SC407011 and is a registered Scottish charity No. SC042593
This Saturday 13th October, 1pm – 5pm, the Highland Archive Centre will be holding a Highland Healthcare exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS. To give you a sample of the type of archive material that will be exhibited, here is an item from our Mental Healthcare display, to coincide with World Mental Health Day.
The Inverness District Asylum, as it was originally known, was opened in 1864 after provisions were made for District Asylums in the 1857 Lunacy (Scotland) Act. Before this Act, treatment was only provided for mental illness in Royal Asylums (located in Perth, Dundee, Montrose, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dumfries), Poorhouses or in ‘private madhouses’ – the latter two options often not providing medical care and lacking proper classification. The opening of Inverness District Asylum marked a huge turning point in providing healthcare for those with mental health conditions in the Highlands and it remained in operation for 136 years before closing in 2000, making way for New Craigs Hospital.
This report, amended after the institution had come under the NHS, marks the beginning of changes in the language used around mental health within the records. The name was officially changed from ‘Inverness District Asylum’ to Craig Dunain Mental Hospital and all instances of the word ‘asylum’ were removed from the report, being replaced with ‘hospital’. The names of conditions were also added such as Schizophrenia in place of ‘dementia praecox’.
As well as offering you the chance to view a display of records and be audience to some fascinating talks during the afternoon, you will also get a wee insight into the daily practicalities of bed-making in hospitals. If you can master the ‘hospital corner’ on the mock hospital bed which will be set up in the downstairs foyer between 8th-13th October, then you can let your friends know by tweeting your pictures to @hlhinfo and @hlharchives.
This Saturday 13th October, 1pm – 5pm, the Highland Archive Centre will be holding a Highland Healthcare exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS. To give you a sample of the type of archive material we will be exhibiting, here is an item from our Highlands & Islands Medical Service display.
In 1911 David Lloyd George introduced the National Health Insurance Act. This was to ensure that people on lower incomes would not suffer greater hardship if they lost work due to ill health. In the Highlands, it was found that much of the population did not benefit from the act as they were mostly self-employed crofters. In response to this a committee was set up, led by Sir John Dewar, with the purpose of gathering evidence on the level of healthcare available in the Highlands. People were found to be living in severely destitute conditions and had very limited medical treatment available.
CRC/13/6/1 is Volume 2 of the Highlands and Islands Medical Committee Minutes of Evidence Book. The evidence gathered here contributed to the Dewar Report, which was the catalyst that led to the formation of the Highlands and Islands Medical Service (HIMS) in 1913. The HIMS was revolutionary as state run healthcare for the whole population of the Highlands, and was used as a model for the National Health Service, which the HIMS preceded by 35 years.
On page 341 we hear testament from Solicitor, Bank Agent, School Board Clerk, and Factor Ronald Macdonald of Portree, Isle of Skye, on 18th October 1912. In it he shares first-hand knowledge of the employment situation on the island, how poor most the folk are, and that a lot of them cannot afford to pay for medical treatment. This is exacerbated by the vast distances doctors have to travel within each parish, such as up to 16 miles in Bracadale. He suggests a patient on Skye might have to pay “nearly fifteen times as much as he would have to pay in the city, or the doctor has to go without any fee at all.”
As well as offering you the chance to view our display of records and be audience to some fascinating talks during the afternoon, you will also get a wee insight into the daily practicalities of bed-making in hospitals. If you can master the ‘hospital corner’ on the mock hospital bed which will be set up in the downstairs foyer between 8th-13th October, then you can let your friends know by tweeting your pictures to @hlhinfo and @hlharchives.
Our History of Highland Healthcare event is a week today! Hear our Community Engagement Officer, Lorna, give some more details about the event in this short video created by NHS Highland Spaces for this event are limited so if you'd like to attend but haven't yet booked, get in touch via email on email@example.com or phone 01463 256444. https://youtu.be/wYKh2gbhvrg