The Victoria Infirmary finally closed to the public on 22nd May 2015, after 125 years service to the Southside of Glasgow. The A&E department had locked its doors a week earlier at 8am on Saturday 16th May, and during the week the remaining patients, staff and equipment were moved to their new home in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
The full history of the Infirmary can be found in the account published by NHS GGC at the time:
To mark five years since the closure, the following gallery is a collection of photographs taken on that final day, showing both the sorry state of some parts of the ageing building, and the affection in which it was held by the staff who worked there.
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Not for much longer they won't
Radiology reporting workstation, in what was once the urology department on Floor D
The Accident & Emergency Department closed a week earlier, on 16th May 2015
The Battlefield Rest, and the Victoria Annexe behind. The Annexe has since been demolished.
Time for one last cup of tea?
Floor D. Ward D, Ultrasound & the Stuart Davidson angiography suite.
The departments slowly fade away
An affectionate view towards Langside Library
Multiple generations of audivisual display equipment. And that awful carpet.
The glass bridge. In need of painting, like everything else
The Emergency Department, I think
The Battlefield Rest, the former tram shelter, as seen from the radiology department, the latter now long demolished
So that's where my lead coat went...
The Battlefield Rest, and Langside College in the distance. The netting kept pigeons out of the rooms, given the holes in the windows rarely got repaired.
Another ward ready for the movers
Team Radiology, busy to the very end.
Lifeblood of the department, and a career devoted to the Vic. Ultrasound, Floor D.
No more Nightingare Wards
A metaphor for the hospital?
Lead coats in the radiology department
So long... (and tortuous according to the endoscopists)
Behind locked doors: Some parts of the Vic had been off limits for years, and it shows.
And no it wasn't Dr Seuss, apparently
Forlorn and forgotten forensics
Last orders in Cafe Fleuré
Radiology reception, Floor E.
The resuscitation rooms in the Accident & Emergency Department. Many a life saved, but the ambulances don't call round here anymore.
The last remaining circular balconies. Will they be restored when the site reopens as housing?
An ode to the Vic - James Blunt would have been proud
An old copy of Health News, found in the abandoned labs building. First impressions of the Victoria's replacement, the QEUH.
The fluoroscopy room, Floor E.
The labs on Floor D, long vacated
Floor E entrance opposite Queens Park, with the Victoria Panther prowling above the crest
No point tidying up anymore
The towers on the ward blocks
The Mansionhouse Unit, built 1971, but now gone, replaced by new housing
The glass bridge to the office block
The Porters, on a permanent lunch break
Another ward bites the dust
View from the corner of Sinclair Drive.
Portable x-ray machines, laid off due to lack of patients
Equipment awaiting transfer to QEUH
Ward block and annexe from Sinclar Drive; the same shot as that taken in 1927 and seen in the Victoria Infirmary History book
The CT scanner at The Victoria. This machine still runs flat out in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital every day.
The radiology department secret staff room, looking out over Battlefield
Another ward now devoid of beds, patients, and staff
X-ray in A&E, and an autograph book of radiographers
The memory tree, main entrance
Peace falls finally on the emergency department. It's doors never closed, until now.
The final ward round? No patients. But biscuits, probably.
Leaky roofs, rotten windows: not quite fit for the 21st century
Floor E entrance, with the panther. Ground floor at one end, yet on the fifth floor at the other. Endless confusion, happy days
Given this is a hospital, one hopes not.