Royal Alexandra Hospital (Paisley)

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Coordinates: 55°50′06″N 4°26′17″W / 55.835°N 4.438°W / 55.835; -4.438

Royal Alexandra Hospital
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Hospital Trust
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Location Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type General Hospital
Affiliated university University of Glasgow & University of West of Scotland
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 760
Founded 1986 [1]
Lists Hospitals in Scotland

The Royal Alexandra Hospital is the main hospital in Paisley serving a large catchment area as much as 200,000 from Renfrewshire, stretching all the way to Oban and Argyll.[1][2] The hospital is owned and run by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, previously NHS Argyll & Clyde. The hospital was officially opened by Princess Alexandra in May 1988.


The hospital has 760 staffed beds.[3]

Royal Alexandra provides the local catchment area with many services. These include: an A&E department; psychiatric; general medical and surgical services; trauma and emergency surgery centre; maternity unit and a children's ward, although it is still undecided whether the children's ward will be shut down.[4] The hospital contains the only consultant-led maternity unit for the whole south Clyde area, after this was done away with at Inverclyde Royal Hospital.[5] Both Inverclyde Royal and the Vale of Leven Hospital retain midwife-led community maternity units. The hospital also received some re-located services from Vale of Leven Hospital in Alexandria as part of a shuffle. Nonetheless, other services from this hospital will re-locate to Southern General in Glasgow to help balance this out fairly.

Glasgow Airport bombing[edit]

The hospital received patients from the 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack, including one of the suspects who was taken to the hospital under arrest with severe burns. Parts of the hospital were later evacuated when a suspect device, originally believed to be a suicide belt, was discovered on the suspect.[6] On the afternoon of 1 July a controlled explosion of a car was carried out in the car park of the hospital.[7]


  1. ^ a b page 5
  2. ^ SFAS-Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley
  3. ^ "Royal Alexandra Hospital Oct12". Healthcare Improvement Scotland. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  4. ^ NHSGGC / Facility Details/ Royal Alexandra Hospital
  5. ^ "Maternity unit shake-up unveiled". BBC News. 11 July 2003. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Blazing car crashes into airport, BBC News, 30 June 2007
  7. ^ "PM defiant over 'al-Qaeda threat'". BBC News. 1 July 2007. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 

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