Perth Royal Infirmary

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Perth Royal Infirmary
NHS Tayside
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Entrance to Perth Royal Infirmary
Perth Royal Infirmary is located in Perth and Kinross
Perth Royal Infirmary
Shown in Perth and Kinross
LocationPerth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland, United Kingdom
Coordinates56°23′49″N 3°27′17″W / 56.39694°N 3.45472°W / 56.39694; -3.45472Coordinates: 56°23′49″N 3°27′17″W / 56.39694°N 3.45472°W / 56.39694; -3.45472
Care systemPublic NHS
Hospital typeGeneral Hospital
Affiliated universityUniversity of Dundee
Emergency departmentYes Accident & Emergency
Founded1838 (as Perth City and County Infirmary)
1912-14 (current hospital)
ListsHospitals in Scotland

Perth Royal Infirmary is a district hospital in Perth. The Royal Infirmary serves a population of around 182,000 across the City of Perth and the wider Perth and Kinross area. It is managed by NHS Tayside.


The original hospital, now the A K Bell Public Library

Perth Royal infirmary has its origins in the Perth City and County Infirmary. 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 public subscription and it opened on 1 October 1838. The old hospital building became a Red Cross Hospital during the First World War and the home of Perth County Council in the 1920s.[2] It was converted into the A K Bell Public Library in 1991.[3]

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.[4] The Accident & Emergency department was added in 1993 and the hospital became a University Teaching Hospital in 2006.[5]

Developments completed in 2009 included a new 10-bed Macmillan cancer hospice costing £4.5 million,[6] the demolition of the listed Cornhill House to allow room for expansion[7] and the creation of a £2 million dialysis unit and a £1.7 million haematology and oncology facility.[8]

The archives of Perth Royal Infirmary are held by Archive Services, University of Dundee as part of the NHS Tayside Archives.[3]

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 Perth Royal Infirmary 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. ^ "Perth Royal Infirmary". The Electives Network. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Library Lodge, Perth". Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust. Archived from the original on 23 September 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Archive Services Online Catalogue Perth Royal Infirmary". University of Dundee. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  4. ^ "City and County Infirmary". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  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 29 August 2009.
  10. ^ "Hospital Radio Perth are UK station of the year – again!" (PDF). Spectra. NHS Tayside. June–July 2007. p. 9. Retrieved 29 August 2009.
  11. ^ "Perth Royal Infirmary". NHS Tayside. Retrieved 10 July 2014.