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