Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Goodbye Derby Royal Infirmary

Derby Royal Infirmary being demolished.

Passing through Derby recently I was surprised to see this building in the mature stage of demolition.

It is Derby Royal Infirmary.

I understand that the site will be used for housing. 

Main entrance, Derby Royal Infirmary.
The Royal Infirmary was built on the site of a previous Derby hospital which was demolished in the late nineteenth century after a report blamed the design and layout of the buildings for a devastating outbreak of typhoid in the hospital.

Hopefully the main entrance building will be saved and adapted for another purpose.

But I think that even Florence Nightingale, whose statue we see at the bottom of this picture, would not cry over the demolition of the tower block nurses' home that is going on behind her.

My maternal grandmother was a patient at the Royal Infirmary in 1934.
This is the pass given to my 
grandfather so that he could visit her.

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