Ayr Hospital



General Information

The Ayr Hospital is one of two District General Hospitals in NHS Ayrshire and Arran. It is situated on the southern outskirts of Ayr, on the Dalmellington Road (A713).  The hospital, which has 348 beds, was opened in 1992 and provides the following services:

  • Accident & Emergency
  • Medical Services
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • General and Area Vascular Surgical Services
  • Area Ophthalmology Services
  • Area Urology Services

Within the Medical Imaging Department there are seven full-time Consultant Radiologists.

  • Mark Ablett
  • David Chanock
  • JP Charon
  • Stephen Cooper
  • George McLaughlin
  • Alan Robertson
  • Nadeem Butt

The department has the following imaging facilities: 

  • CT – Siemens Somatom Sensation 64 slice
  • MR – 1.5T GE Signa
  • Ultrasound – Toshiba Aplio and Toshiba Aplio XG
  • Gamma camera – Siemens Symbia T
  • Fluoroscopy – Siemens Axiom Sireskop SD
  • Plain radiography – 4 rooms, 3 CR and 1 DR
  • Mammography – Siemens Nova Mammomat
  • Interventional theatre – GE Innova 4100 flat panel

South Ayrshire Hospitals have had a full PACS system, and have been filmless since January 2005.  The interventional radiology operating theatre was opened in 2003 and is a dedicated radiology and cardiology facility fully integrated into the main operating theatre complex.


There is an active programme of weekly clinical meetings within the hospital, including Vascular Surgery, Orthopaedics, Medicine, Surgery and Urology.  Trainees are encouraged to attend these.

Study Facillities

There is a study room for trainees.  Journals and textbooks are held both within the Medical Imaging Department and in the library in the McDonald Education Centre; on-line access is available at both sites.

Audit and Research

This is encouraged.  There are various active projects within the department.

Supervision and Appraisal

There will be full Consultant supervision of all practical procedures.  Trainees are expected to discuss cases with clinical colleagues at the regular clinico-radiological meetings.  There is a regular meeting with the College Tutor to assess progress.


Vascular and Interventional Radiology


Trainers: Mark Ablett, JP Charon, Alan Robertson

The interventional radiology service for NHS Ayrshire and Arran is provided at Ayr Hospital and serves a population of approximately 400,000.  There are six radiology sessions in the interventional theatre.  We perform most vascular, renal, urological, biliary, GI and gynaecological interventional radiological procedures (with the exception of TIPSS and EVAR currently).

Cross-Sectional Radiology

Trainers: David Chanock, Stephen Cooper, George Mclaughlin