Belford Hospital

District General Hospital | Fort William, United Kingdom

Hospital description

A small (42 bed) acute general hospital with an excellent A&E department and both general surgical and general medical wards.
In the town of Fort William together with numerous smaller townships and villages over a large area, stretching to Ardnamurchan and the small Isles to the West, Ballachulish and Glencoe to the South, and Northwards towards Fort Augustus.

The resident population numbers around 20,000. This figure increases considerably during the winter skiing and climbing season (Ben Nevis is on our doorstep, and ‘Nevis Range’ ski centre at Aonach Mor is just 4 miles away); and trebles with the summer influx of tourists. The hospital sees a high number of trauma injuries, particularly from mountain incidents, in this area and consequently a high proportion of its staff are trained in trauma care. 80% of all mountain rescues in Scotland take place in our catchment area (and usually come our way).

Belford Hospital is 70 miles from Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. Tertiary referrals from Belford are to major centres throughout Scotland. Our biggest asset is the people who work with us, and we do something rather unusual. Our Combined Assessment Unit has abolished traditional departments and work together (yes, we really do have physicians, surgeons and anaesthetists, sitting down together and jointly managing patients). Be prepared to question everything you accepted to be “just the way it is” or “because we’ve always done it like that”. Our hospital is one of the last remaining places where you will see true General Surgery and General Medicine.


Hospital type District General Hospital
Local language English
Funding Status Public


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