Lennox castle hospital was a hospital located in Lennoxtown near Glasgow in Scotland. The hospital opened in the 1930s and was closed in 2002.
All that remains on the site today is the main "castle" building. The building was never a true castle, it was just built in the style of a castle.
Lennox Castle hospital was built with the intention of providing excellent care for patients with mental deficiencies, but due to overcrowding and funding shortages, the hospital fell far short of achieving this goal. Many patients who stayed at Lennox Castle Hospital were treated very poorly. There have been claims that the treatment of patients at the hospital was inhumane. In one report, it was pointed out that many patients at the hospital were seriously underweight and malnourished. There have also been claims of physical and mental abuse towards patients from members of staff.
It has been suggested that many of the patients who were effectively locked up at Lennox Castle has no real mental illness and had no reason for being detained. There are stories of patients being held at Lennox Castle for decades before being released.
When Lennox Castle finally closed in 2002 many former patients were reintegrated into the community. Others were moved to more suitable locations where they can receive the care they need and deserve.
We can only hope that lessons have been learned from Lennox Castle Hospital.