Doncaster Royal Infirmary

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Coordinates: 53°31′52″N 1°06′32″W / 53.531°N 1.109°W / 53.531; -1.109

Doncaster Royal Infirmary
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
Hospital Block - - 1345426.jpg
Main Block, 2008.
Location Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type District General
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 800
Founded 1792
Website Trust
Lists Hospitals in England

Doncaster Royal Infirmary is a district general hospital of 800 beds, located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England run by Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Doncaster Royal Infirmary started life as the Doncaster Dispensary on French Gate (now Greyfriars Road) in 1792. The foundation stone of the first purpose-built hospital in Doncaster, St James' Hospital, was laid in 1852. It was demolished in 1963 to make way for town improvements. An infirmary was opened in 1867 as the Doncaster General Infirmary and Dispensary. Within 20 years, the hospital was too small and unsuitable for the town's needs and developments in medicine. A three-day fund-raising bazaar was opened by HRH Princess Christian, and this connection led to Home Office approval for the institution to be known as Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Dispensary. Plans for another new hospital came to fruition in 1930, when the first part on Thorne Road (now the West Ward Block) opened to patients. The East Ward Block opened in 1968, the Women's Hospital in 1969, and the Children's Hospital in 1989.

The infirmary is equipped with a radio studio which broadcasts Trust AM, the Foundation Trust's patient radio.

Ghost sightings[edit]

The hospital is renowned for ghost sightings and is considered a hot spot for ghost hunters. There has been considerable reporting's within the mortuary department which may be expected. The hive of activity is however considered to be the pathology department which has had the significant majority of reports and appears to peak within the month of June with the unexplainable affinity to the date of the 13th as is often seen on Friday the 13th.

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