Glasgow Victoria Infirmary

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Glasgow Victoria Infirmary
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
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Old Victoria Infirmary Buildings
LocationLangside Road, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Care systemPublic NHS
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityUniversity of Glasgow
Emergency departmentYes Accident & Emergency
Closed2015 (Old Hospital)
WebsiteVictoria Infirmary
ListsHospitals in Scotland

The Glasgow Victoria Infirmary was a teaching hospital situated at Langside/Battlefield in the south-east of Glasgow from 1880 until 2015. It provided a range of health care services including Accident and Emergency, General Medicine (including sub-specialties), General Surgery (including sub-specialties), Medicine for the Elderly (including Assessment, Rehabilitation, and Day Services), Orthopaedics and a wide range of outpatient clinics. In later years it had an acute operational bed complement of approximately 370.


A competition was held to design a 120-bedded hospital and this attracted 46 entries from architects around the UK. Campbell Douglas & Sellars won the competition to design the new voluntary hospital for the city's South Side in 1882.[1] Building work began in 1888. The infirmary was formally opened on 14 February 1890.[1] The original buildings consisted of two pavilions set at right angles to a central administration block and nurses' home. Additional ward pavilions and other extensions were added later. The hospital was named after Queen Victoria and was granted permission to display the Royal Arms above the entrance.

In 1927, a new wing added an additional 120 beds.[2] A new block for 30 patients was opened in 1931, then an extension completed four years later provided a further 50 beds.[3] By 1939 the hospital had 555 beds.[4]

Stage I of a development plan was completed in 1967 with new laboratories, a theatre suite and teaching facilities opened.[5]

The hospital closed its doors on 16 May 2015. New admissions stopped being taken in to A&E and Wards 12a and 14 at 8 am. The other wards were phased out in stages over the next week.

All inpatient and A&E Services were transferred to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Govan, beside the old Southern General Hospital.

In August 2016, housing provider Sanctuary Group took over the 9.5 acre site.[1]

New Victoria Hospital[edit]

The New Victoria Hospital opened as an Ambulatory care facility on a site opposite the old hospital in June 2009, and it is where all outpatient services that were previously housed at the old Victoria are now located.


  1. ^ a b c Stewart, Catriona (16 August 2016). "Victoria Infirmary: Final look inside the haunting halls of Glasgow's most imposing building". Evening Times. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Healing the sick. New wing for Victoria Infirmary. Cost of upkeep". The Glasgow Herald. 17 February 1927. p. 3. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Victoria Infirmary. Two important extensions". The Glasgow Herald. 25 May 1935. p. 12. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  4. ^ ""Ever-growing service." Demands on Victoria Infirmary. Glasgow institution's expenditure". The Glasgow Herald. 13 February 1939. p. 12. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Opening of theatre block at Victoria Infirmary. Efficiency increased by modernisation". The Glasgow Herald. 17 October 1961. p. 11. Retrieved 28 August 2016.

Coordinates: 55°49′39″N 4°16′03″W / 55.82742°N 4.26746°W / 55.82742; -4.26746