McKelvie Isolation Hospital
Opened : 1897 - given by Dr McKelvie following serious outbreak of infectious disease, where local resources were found wanting.
Closed : 31/03/1995
Obituary for Dr McKelvie
Area NM 852 288.
In August 1897, during the construction of the road to the McKelvie Hospital, three urns containing cremated bones were discovered, one of which was a large Cordoned Urn found at a depth of 0.53 metres below the surface.
The two other urns are said to have been about 0.23 metres in height.
A stone battle-axe of Roe's Calais Wold group was found close beside the Cordoned Urn.
This urn, and a cast of the battle-axe are preserved in the NMAS (Acc No EQ 251-2).
RCAHMS 1975; Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1898.
Operating table used by Sir William Macewen
Sir William Macewen (1848-1924) carried out surgery using this operating table at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow. The table, which is wooden, mounted on wheels and has a mechanism enabling it to be raised at one end, was discovered by a porter in an old storeroom in the McKelvie Hospital, Oban. It was presented to the College by the Board of Management for Oban and District Hospitals in 1954.