The State Hospital

The State Hospital, Carstairs, Lanark ML11 8RP
Phone: 01555 840293 Fax: 01555 840024 email:

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Official Visitors including Contractors

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Photo: State Hospital SignSecurity and the safety of patients, staff and the public always play a central role in the Hospital’s activities.

The secure environment at the Hospital is provided via physical, procedural and relational security. The physical security of the Hospital continues to be a major focus of attention, requiring regular review and investment.

Comprehensive contingency arrangements remain appropriate and relevant reflecting the potentially serious nature of emergency situations which could arise within The State Hospital environment. The Hospital has fully developed these arrangements in partnership with other agencies. These are rigorously tested, monitored and reviewed on a recurring basis.

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How to Get Here

Photo: State Hospital front entranceA location map has been produced which provides details of how to get to The State Hospital from around Scotland.

State Hospital Location Map / directionsOpens in new window

The Hospital provides ample free car parking for visitors and staff.


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Security Arrangements

Photo: Main Reception Waiting AreaOn arrival, please make your way to the Reception area of the main Hospital.

All visitors must adhere to security procedures.

Security: Search & Screening Procedures and Restricted/Prohibited Items List/Alcohol or Drugs)Opens in new window

Restricted/Prohibited Items PosterOpens in new window

Photo: State Hospital Main ReceptionTechnology and Electronic Devices PosterOpens in new window

Mobile Phone Detectors NoticeOpens in new window

If you are in any doubt as to what can or cannot be allowed into the Hospital, or have any difficulties or concerns whatsoever in relation to the security arrangements, please contact our Security Department on telephone 01555 840293 or via Reception staff.

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Legal Representatives

If you are a legal representative wishing to visit a patient (i.e. your client), please call the patient's ward in the first instance to arrange a suitable date and time for you to visit.

On arrival at the Hospital you should provide a current Law Society ID card or Faculty of Advocates card. Where this is not possible then photographic ID must be provided. A check on the website for the Law Society and Faculty of Advocates will be carried out.

Trainee solicitors visiting the Hospital must produce photographic ID and a current letter from their firm confirming they are employed by them.

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Access to Patient Health Records

Guidance has been produced for Designated Medical Practitioners (DMPs) or Other Authorised Visitors on how to access patient health records as required (November 2013)Opens in new window.

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Help Prevent Infection

Top Five Tips to Prevent Infection - Visitor Information (June 2014)Opens in a new window

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The State Hospital Siren

The State Hospital Siren - A Guide for the Local Community (June 2016)Opens in a new window

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