The Leanchoil Trust
Officially opened in April of 1892, Leanchoil Hospital has served the communities of the area for over 125 years. It is currently in the ownership of NHS Grampian but its use has steadily declined in recent years as hospital services have been transferred to Elgin, Aberdeen, and Inverness. The accommodation is now surplus to requirements and lies empty.
The Leanchoil Trust was set up to acquire the hospital via a community asset transfer from NHS Grampian. The Trust will look to conserve and refurbish the building and create a new centre for health, well-being and education for the community of Forres and beyond.
A Feasibility Study and Options Appraisal, including a community consultation, was completed in November 2019 by Forres Community Council. The appraisal identified three main purposes: a Well-being Hub, probably headed by the Moray Integrated Joint Board for Health & Social Care; an Erskine Veteran’s Activity Centre (EVAC) in the Main Hospital; a flexible range of accommodation used both by the Well-being Hub and EVAC. It is anticipated that many of the facilities will be shared.