We had no idea that Prince Charles was not only supportive of people seeking out holistic care but that he says he’s a personal fan. Surprising.  Some would say he’s put his  money where his mouth is: he’s created a state-of-the-art clinic that will offer free ‘holistic’ care for patients referred by NHS doctors.


Although he’s received criticism in the past for his support of complementary health therapies, he’s nonetheless won backing from the NHS and local authorities for the future “Health and Wellbeing Centre,” which plans to assist patients with issues ranging from from cancer to obesity. The Centre will be built in the grounds of Dumfries House, “a stately home in Ayrshire that the Prince saved for the nation a decade ago” 1 when the 7th Marquess of Bute put the mansion on the market for £45 million.

Dumfries House, Scotland Photo Credit: Audrey Kingsnorth

The center also plans to offer fitness and education programs and hoped to solidify the therapies that would be used after a conference on ‘integrated’ approaches to women’s health that was held at the mansion this fall.


For the last ten years, Dumfries House has been run as a tourist attraction and community centre and will continue to do so. However, now the cost of running the service will be covered by the profits that Dumfries House makes as a tourist attraction. Patients who are referred to Dumfries House will not pay for the service and the NHS won’t be charged either. It’s honestly a win-win.

“Initially, patients will be referred only by local GPs, but in the future people could be sent there from other parts of the country.

Dumfries House deputy executive director Kenneth Dunsmuir added: ‘Our new Health and Wellbeing Centre will support local GPs and provide services that people need.

‘It is about providing additional things that the NHS may not offer.”2

We are sometimes skeptical of things like this, but will say, well done, your Highness, and see how this goes.


Sources and References

  1. Daily Mail, July 15, 2017.
  2. Daily Mail, July 15, 2017.