Number of psychiatric, addiction, or learning disability beds by local authority: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

I'm writing a local study on alcohol recovery in Scotland, and I've come across your webpage detailing the number of psychiatric, addiction, or learning disability beds by local authority.  ( bed-census-part-2-out-scotland-nhs-placements/pages/3/).  I was wondering if there is any more specific data available, both of just addiction/ alcoholism and a more specific geographical location than local authority.


I enclose a copy of some of the information you requested. We do not hold details of whether specific inpatient beds in addiction wards in NHS Scotland are dedicated to treating those with alcohol or other substance addictions. However, we can provide you with greater detail on the number and location of addiction beds within NHS Scotland (Table 1 below).  Please note that this data includes a revision to the published data from the 2022 Mental Health Inpatient Census, as it was discovered that a small number of health boards had omitted some data (see Mental Health Inpatient Census - ( for further details).

Table 1: Number and location of inpatient beds dedicated to addiction detox / rehabilitation within NHS Scotland, as of 12 April 2022

Scotland, as of 12 April 2022 (source: Mental Health Inpatient Census).

NHS Board


Hospital Name

Ward Name

Ward Type

Number of Available Beds

NHS Ayrshire & Arran


Woodland View


Addiction detox


NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde


Stobhill Hospital

Stobhill Hospital Eriskay Ward - G1

Addiction detox


NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde


Gartnavel Royal Hospital

Gartnavel Royal Kershaw Ward-G1

Addiction detox


NHS Lothian


Royal Edinburgh Hospital

REH - Ritson Clinic

Addiction detox


NHS Tayside


Murray Royal Hospital


Addiction Rehabilitation



You may be able to obtain greater detail by contacting the relevant health boards directly.

You may also be interested in the data on residential rehabilitation beds contained in this publication: Pathways into, through and out of Residential Rehabilitation in Scotland: Results from the Residential Rehabilitation Providers Survey (

Appendix B has a breakdown of drug/alcohol/both facilities and their capacity as of November 2021.

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