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Report - Derby Royal hospital....Again. jan 14

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by NightVision, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. NightVision

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    This place was a great mooch with plenty left to see and search for, we also bumped into a guy who used to nurse there in the 80's who was there to document the current state for his website. Its amazing to see the amount of equipment left behind instead of going to a different hospital or sent abroad to places where could really use the help of modern equipment.... more tax payers money going to waste :mad

    history

    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.

    Visited with wombat and leic_urbex_xp

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    #1 NightVision, Jan 7, 2014
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