Back To The Future

West Lothian

Bangour Village Hospital
Bangour Village Hospital
Bangour Village Hospital Image courtesy of West Lothian Heritage Services

Bangour village was very much seen as, for outcasts, it was very much, originally, a bit of a stigma for people going into Bangour Village, and jokes were made about it. That over the years has changed, attitudes towards people with mental health issues has changed considerably... Now we don't have a hospital just for people with mental health issues, people are more integrated in the community, and we try to keep people at home now, as much as possible. So there's been a big change in the public's attitudes. I think because there's been a lot of campaigns and more publicity about disability and about mental illness, and people are now more aware that this can happen to anybody.

Bangour Village Hospital Holiday TripPatients going on holiday to Scarborough

I think some of it was stigma, in a way that people with disabilities... were'nae as important... there was an attitude that you lock people up, maybe not lock up but... you give them special places to go rather than integrate them into the community.

Bangour Village Hospital in 1920'sPatients in 1920

When I look back on it, interviewing people and assessing people, that they probably had low self-esteem and a low opinion of themselves. They probably saw themselves as second class citizens.

I remember... some of the attitudes in the past were abysmal, people were admitted to hospital because they... had an illegitimate baby, or they're family disowned them... It must have been horrendous in the prewar days, and just after the war when people didn't feel... part of society, they were locked away and forgotten about. Some of them... well I would say, the majority, should never have been in that environment.

Robert C, Had a long career in mental health and worked in Bangour Village Hospital

Colin

Colin's expressive retelling of the Bangour Village story


"Bangour Village Hospital housed patients with mental health problems for almost 100 years.
The construction of St John's Hospital in Livingston and the shift towards Community Care led to Bangour's closure in 2004..."

Colin

Colin's expressive retelling
of the Bangour Village story

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