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Report - Derby Royal Infirmary, Derby, Jan14

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by The Wombat, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. The Wombat

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    First full proper road test of the new camera, so please be patient whilst I go through some new learning curves!

    After an early start (well, for me anyway!), had a full day’s explore here. And we needed it – its huuuge. I can see how you can get lost here due to its size and multiple levels. The buildings vary in age, from the Victorian era, to the modern concrete, to a recent extension dating from 1995 (hope that wasn’t a waste of money then.) Some bits are trashed or pikied, whilst others don’t look too bad. Whilst a lot of rooms were empty, I was surprised at some of the expensive medical equipment left here.

    We only encountered one other person in the building; who walked round the corner, and gave us all a heart attack. He was taking some video footage for a project of his.

    We explored everything from the operating theatres, to the wards, canteen, security office, accommodation tower & the morgue.
    A good day’s Explore, with Leicester urban XP & Nightvision.


    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 was 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 DerbyRoyal 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 A&E block

    Operating theatre. One of us commented "I wonder how many people have died in this room..."
    Not a nice thought






    The main corridor

    this looks expensive...

    security office






    Children's ward




    Another block - this was absolutely trashed. This room was in better nick than most of the building. It was actually quite dark in there

    The Morgue

    And finally the whole site - The A&E block is the big Soviet ugly concrete monstrosity in the middle
    Thanks for looking :)

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