Muir Island Research Facility
|Location: Muir Island Research Facility|
|First Seen:||January 2015|
Located on Muir Island, Kinross Estates, which is located off the coast of Cape Wrath. Nearest town is Durness, Scotland. Currently the only means of accessing Muir is by boat or via an aircraft.
|Dr. Moira MacTaggart|
PB: Julianne Moore
- Two on call doctors
- One GYN specialist
- One pediatric neurologist
- Ten head nurses
- Twenty nurses
- Five additional researchers
- Revolving security force
- Cleaning crew
- Cooking crew
- Administration (HR, that kind of thing) set
- A local teacher that teaches up to the 4th or 5th grade. After that, tutors are brought in.
- Local volunteers
Muir is a couple of acres of land with an incredibly small beach that has a boat landing dock. Most of the sides of Muir are cliffs that lead directly into the sea and can be a bit hazardous during the fog. Lights have been installed where possible to lower the possibility of someone wandering off and disappearing. Very little actually grows on the island with the exception of grass and a few trees due to the sometimes harsh storms that occur.
On the other end of Muir rests the remains of the original Kinross Castle, burned down a great many years ago. The front half of the ruins are perfectly safe but the back half tends to allow for accidents that involve falling down the cliffs. These have been roped off for safety.
The graves of Lord and Lady Kinross and Kevin MacTaggart reside near there as well, amid a family plot that has several of the Kinross’ graves.
The facilities themselves are housed in what used to be the Kinross Castle, with a great deal of modifications done. The upper floors house the staff that wish to live on the island and provide temporary housing for staff who live on the main land but get stuck overnight, either due to weather or duty. There are also guest suites for families of the patients, to ensure that they are comfortable if the stay is a long one. Currently, there is no family in residence but most of the staff do live on the island, including Connors and his wife and children.
This is also where the kitchen and dining room are and they have an excellent cooking staff.
One wing of the castle is the Kevin MacTaggart Children’s Ward and the other is the Annabel Kinross Adult Ward, where the more stable patients are housed. The rooms are less like hospital rooms and more like comfortable hotel rooms with medical equipment in them. There are a few in the Adult Ward currently and several children in residence, with families either having left custody to Muir Island or are staying in their home country/staying on the Mainland. There are two nurses stations, one in each wing.
Downstairs occupies the heart of the Research Facility. It houses numerous research labs, all varying in size and reason for use. The rooms for patients in this area are the more typical hospital rooms for the sicker patients and four nurses stations situated among the rooms. They, too, are also divided between adult and children. There are two operating rooms and numerous X-Ray rooms and scanning rooms. There are also several examination rooms along those floors. There are several rooms that convert into Room of Choice (GYN exam, operating room for emergencies, etc.).
There are also a number of containment rooms, used to nullify or downplay a mutant’s powers. Used only in cases of uncontrollable power surges or to be used in the case of attacking mutants. Note that this has never taken place but the protocols are still there.
One more level down reveals where the training takes place. Carefully shielded to ensure that nothing reaches out of these rooms, the patients of Muir Island come down here to work on their powers and to get them under control.
The work done at Muir Island is facilitated by the Kinross estate. Moira has investments that feed into the funds as well. They do accept and use donations. Most of the work is pro bono but if a patient feels like that can/want to pay, then they do. Also, for those mutants looking for simple room and board and help smoothing out their powers, they, unless it is not affordable by them, pay for food and board. Those who can be are normally referred to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.
The research is funded by grants, either by various governments or private foundations.
The picture, and general look, of the building of the facility are based on Dunbar Hospital, Thurso in Scotland; the birthplace of Jen.