Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

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Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
NHS Grampian
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary main.jpg
Main entrance to the Infirmary
Location Foresterhill, Aberdeen, Scotland
Care system NHS Scotland
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university

University of Aberdeen

The Robert Gordon University
Emergency department Yes
Beds 922
Founded 1737
Website www.nhsgrampian.org/nhsgrampian/gra_display_hospital.jsp
Lists Hospitals in Scotland

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) is the largest hospital in NHS Grampian, located on the Foresterhill site in Aberdeen.[1] ARI is a teaching hospital with around 900 inpatient beds, offering tertiary care for a population of over 600,000 across the North of Scotland. It offers all medical specialities with the exception of heart and liver transplants.


There are close links with the University of Aberdeen's medical school and there has been pioneering research in many fields, including the development of MRI and PET scanning.[2] A new PET scanner was installed in 2006.[3]

It has been one of the centres evaluating telemedicine equipment and developing services in Scotland.[4]


In 2013 a £110m emergency care centre development was completed.[5] This was the first time that the Foresterhill campus had hosted emergency and urgent care facilities in the same building, and 75% of the beds in the centre are single-occupancy.[6]

In February 2014 it was revealed that the hospital has a repairs backlog of £60million.[7]

On June 26, 2014 Finance Secretary John Swinney announced a £120 million investment for a new cancer centre and maternity hospital at ARI.[8]

From 2016 it will be one of 4 major trauma centres where specialist services are based as part of a new national major trauma network in Scotland.[9]

There are social workers that can be contacted in the hospital,[10] and a citizens advice office.[11]

The hospital is served by the volunteer run radio station, Grampian Hospital Radio.[12]


The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland produced a report entitled “Learning from serious failings in care” in July 2015. The investigation was launched after recent scandals in the health service among which were concerns about patient safety and care at the Infirmary. [13] They found leadership and accountability were often lacking but bullying was endemic. Their 20 recommendations for improvements in the NHS included a set of minimum safe staffing levels for consultants, doctors, nurses and other staff in hospital settings. They criticised a target driven culture, saying: "Quality care must become the primary influence on patient experience... and the primary indicator of performance."[14]


  1. ^ "Aberdeen Royal Infirmary: About Us". NHS Grampian. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Recognition for medical physicist". University of Aberdeen. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Hi-tech scanner for Aberdeen hospital". Scottish Government. 31 March 2006. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Face to face with the future of remote medical consultations". The Guardian. 7 February 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Queen opens £110m emergency care centre at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary". BBC News. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Aberdeen Royal Infirmary set to open new emergency unit". The Scotsman. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Revealed: Renovating Scotland's crumbling hospitals will cost £860m". Daily Record. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Major Aberdeen health investment welcomed". SNP. SNP. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Scotland trauma centres network 'to boost emergency care'". BBC News. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Hospitals: Aberdeen Royal Infirmary: General Information". NHS Grampian. 16 September 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Find a CAB: Aberdeen CAB - Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Outreach". Citizens Advice Scotland. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "About". Grampian Hospital Radio. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "NHS accused of ‘systemic failings’". Edinburgh News. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Report warns patients put at risk by failings in NHS". Herald Scotland. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 

Coordinates: 57°09′17″N 2°08′10″W / 57.1546°N 2.1360°W / 57.1546; -2.1360