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Report - Derby Royal Infirmary (DRI) - Jan 14

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Stopford_lad, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. Stopford_lad

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    Derby Royal Infirmary - Derby

    I'd seen loads of decent reports on this place over the past few months so thought I may
    as well go and take a look. Noodlethesis was keen for a revisit, so off we went

    history bit

    Derbyshire Royal Infirmary (DRI) was established in 1810 on land formerly part of Derby's
    Castlefield estate on land near what is now Bradshaw Way and the A6 London Road. It was
    known as the Derbyshire General Infirmary at the time.

    In 1890 a Typhoid outbreak sweeped through the hospital, and the buildings design was blamed.
    The hospital is entirely demolished, a year later Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of what
    would become Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. The neo-Jacobean building was completed in 1894,
    and its main features were its 'Onion' shaped domed towers and its central corridor which ran the
    length of the hospital.

    The hospital was expanded at several points in the 20th century, the most visible being the still
    used Wilderslowe Tower and the now disused A+E building built in 1970. The DRI as a result is an
    architectural mish-mash with the original hospital at its heart.

    In the late 90s, the NHS Trust's for each hospital in Derby merged, and drew up a dramatic plan
    to consolidate the services of both hospital's on one site. The so called 'super hospital', soon to
    be known as the Derby Royal Hospital is one of the largest in the region.

    There are no official plans to redevelop the now redundant Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, the land
    is covered by a large regeneration plan which will expand Derby's city centre southwards into
    what is known as Castleward. The 1987 built part of the hospital shall continue to provide medical
    care, providing the services of the closed Aston Hall and Grove Hospital's south of Derby.


    The hospital is right next to the more modern,'live' units, I do believe the cctv still works...



    some nice original features are dotted round and about, like these still intact stained glass


    some quality reading material, sadly I didn't have time to read it though as I'd just spotted
    a security guard right below and we were stuck in a annexe with no-where to go


    after creeping about and lying low for what seemed an eternity, we took the risk and bolted
    down the fire escape and over to the main buildings


    as noodle legged it and dived in through an open window, I swanned abound the grounds
    taking snapshots and generally amusing myself playing chicken with secca


    just past this corridor we heard more noise as two security guards were just outside the
    restaurant securing doors and windows


    more fun and games in here as noodle decided to test all 14 ringtones on his walkie talkie
    at FULL volume, time to split once again


    after sneaking around x-ray in the dark and coming within a few metres of secca we made
    our way down to the A&E dept, by now I just wanted out, before our luck ran out


    Barnums childrens ward on the first floor, this is where we decided secca were lying in wait


    so we decided to circumnavigate them and hit the corridors to find a way out


    creaky doors, and broken glass covered floors do not make for a quiet exit



    after all I'd heard about this place I was a bit underwhelmed to be honest, but I guess
    there's loads I've yet to see, so maybe I'll be back to finish off the job...still well worth
    the arse of a drive

    Cheers for looking :thumb

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