Perth Royal Infirmary

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Perth Royal Infirmary
NHS Tayside
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Location Perth, Perth & Kinross, Scotland, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type General Hospital
Affiliated university University of Dundee
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 267[1]
Founded 1838 (as Perth City and County Infirmary)
1912-14 (current hospital)
1993 (recent extension)
Lists Hospitals in Scotland

Perth Royal Infirmary is a district hospital in Perth. The Royal Infirmary, administered by NHS Tayside, caters for both the city and wider Perth & Kinross area, with a population around 182,000 being served by the hospital.[1]


Perth Royal infirmary has its origins in the Perth City and County Infirmary, which was completed in 1838 and opened to patients on 1 October of that year. This Grecian style building was designed by William Macdonald Mackenzie, with the original cost of the land and buildings being £6812-15-3 ½d. The building of the hospital was funded by various contributions and subscriptions and the hospital continued to be supported by congregational collections, donations from individuals and by a number of legacies. The building was expanded and altered a number of times, but in 1914 the hospital moved to larger premises. The old hospital building is now the home of the A. K. Bell Library.[2]

Perth Royal Infirmary

The current Perth Royal Infirmary was built on a site on Glasgow Road between 1912 and 1914. An extension containing operating theatres and kitchens was added between 1934 and 1935.[3] The most recent addition to the Royal Infirmary was the inclusion of the A&E department in 1993.[1] This was to replace the Perth County and City Infirmary which had been in existence since 1838.[3] The former site became a Red Cross hospital[3] and later the home of Perth County Council for at least 50 years until it was converted into the main city library in 1991.[4]

The Royal Infirmary has been a University Teaching Hospital since 2006[5] and is now run by NHS Tayside.[1]

The archives of Perth Royal Infirmary are held by Archive Services, University of Dundee as part of the NHS Tayside Archives.[2]



The hospital provides an A&E department; General Surgery; elderly medicine; surgical urology; day care gynaecology, general medicine and cardiology.[1]

Hospital extensions[edit]

A new 10-bed Macmillan cancer hospice costing £4.5 million opened in 2009.[6] The development included the demolition of the listed Cornhill House for the use of the site.[7] A £2 million dialysis unit and £1.7 million haematology and oncology facility for cancer treatment are also to be built, opening sometime during summer 2009.[8]

Hospital Radio[edit]

Hospital Radio Perth has been serving the Royal Infirmary and Murray Royal Hospital since 1989, prior to which there had been no hospital radio service in existence on the site. Hospital Radio Perth are the winners of the UK Hospital Radio of the Year award four times 1996, 1997 1999 and 2007, making them one of the most successful stations in operation in the UK.[9][10]

Public transport[edit]

Perth Royal Infirmary is roughly one mile from the city centre. There are some bus services that run to the hospital, which are all provided by Stagecoach: the No.1 service stops right outside the hospital. A new bus link between P.R.I. and the other main Tayside hospital, Ninewells Hospital, called "Hospital Link", started in April 2008 to relieve car parking problems at the hospitals.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e [dead link] page 2
  2. ^ a b "Archive Services Online Catalogue Perth Royal Infirmary". University of Dundee. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "City and County Infirmary". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Library Lodge, Perth". Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust. Archived from culture and archaeology the original Check |url= value (help) on 23 September 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  5. ^ "Unveiling of University Teaching Hospital status at Perth Royal Infirmary". University of Dundee Press Office. 31 July 2006. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Macmillan Cancer Support. "Cancer environments across the UK". Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "New cancer hospice plan for Perth". BBC News. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "New Perth dialysis unit approved". BBC News. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Hospital Radio Perth". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  10. ^ "Hospital Radio Perth are UK station of the year – again!" (PDF). Spectra. NHS Tayside. June–July 2007. p. 9. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  11. ^ "Perth Royal Infirmary". NHS Tayside. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 

Coordinates: 56°23′49″N 3°27′17″W / 56.39694°N 3.45472°W / 56.39694; -3.45472