Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow

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The Glasgow Royal Infirmary is a large teaching hospital, operated by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, With a capacity of around 1000 beds, the hospital campus covers an area of around 20acre, situated on the north-eastern edge of the city centre of Glasgow, Scotland.HistoryDesigned by Robert and James Adam, the original Royal Infirmary building was opened in December 1794. The infirmary was built beside Glasgow Cathedral on land that held the ruins of the Bishop's Castle, which dated from at least the 13th century but had been allowed to fall into disrepair. A Royal Charter was obtained in 1791, that granted the Crown-owned land to the hospital. The original Adams building had five floors (one underground) holding eight wards (giving the hospital just over a hundred beds) and a circular operating room on the fourth floor with a glazed dome ceiling. After a number of additional buildings were added, the first in 1816, a specialist fever block in 1829 and a surgical block in 1861. Following the amalgamation of the old St. Mungo's College of Medicine into the University of Glasgow Medical School in 1947, the old College buildings on Castle Street officially became part of the hospital campus, until their replacement by the New Building in the early 1980s.New buildingThe original Adams building was replaced in 1914 with a new building designed by James Miller and opened by King George V. In 1924, the surgical block in which Joseph Lister had worked was also torn down to be replaced. In 1948 the hospital became part of NHS Scotland.
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  • While visiting friend in hospital you have to walk through a dirty dingy entrance off Alexandra Parade. It's a disgrace for Glasgow . While the food leaves much to be desired the treatment and care of...  more »
  • When we were in Glasgow for a short break I ended up in A&E. The staff were great I only know the doctor's name was Chris, he and his staff were so good to me and my husband. I was then moved to ward ...  more »
  • The plastics on call took my referral in a friendly and efficient manner; highly recommended would use again  more »
  • Massive thank you to all staff in Acute Stroke Ward 36. Compassionate. Caring. Looked after my father to the end of his life with the highest standards in dignity and care. The comfort we were given as a family made this terrible time of losing our father as manageable as it could possibly be. Thank you
  • My wife has a variety of medical conditions that require regular monitoring and as such we have had cause to visit many of the hospitals in Glasgow. I can state with absolute certainty that this was the worst. First, we couldn't find where we needed to be and the staff were no help. One directed us to one end of the hospital, while another directed us to the other end. Turns out, the second staff member was closest, but it still took us forty-five minutes to find the right place. Second, despite telling the staff that my wife was not comfortable going in to see the doctor alone and advising them that I am her full time carer, I was forbidden from accompanying her in to see the doctor. Once inside she was asked to change into a gown. There was no screen to change behind and while she was in the middle of undressing the doctor got up, walked out and left the door wide open. My wife was forced to dash behind the door as two other patients walked past. Third, after the appointment we went to the cashier's office to claim our travel expenses, as we have at every other hospital in Glasgow. There we were told that they do not pay travel expenses, but they could provide us with a form we could complete and send off. However, before they would give us a form the cashier insisted on asking my wife a series of questions regarding her appointment, including information that no one other than a doctor needs to know. When I challenged them, the cashier called for security and had me escorted outside so she could continue grilling my wife and ridiculing her when she was uncomfortable with the questions. In the end my wife came out in tears and told me that the cashier had refused to hand over a form. I tried to go back in to get the form, but the cashier called security again and we were escorted out of the hospital. Upon complaining, we were told that it never happened and the cashier insisted we were given a form. I will never set foot in the hospital again. If I'm struck by a car on their doorstep, I will insisted upon being taken elsewhere. An appalling place staffed by appalling, uncaring people.
  • 6 hour wait for my friend to be taken to a ward after blood sugars were off the scale at 37, electrolytes were everywhere. When got a ward was hardly settled when taken to the old medical block ward 3 diabetes ward. Staff in this ward were absolutely disgraceful missing all the warning signs that something serious was wrong. After continuous seizures for over a day my friend took a stroke right in front of them and only then was she rushed to ICU and put on ventilator and medical induced coma. After day and half moved to acute stroke unit. Little better now due to the Nurses in last two wards . (Godsent) Being moved tonight to stroke ward 17 but still still taking seizures.
  • Staff were amazing but there was only 1heart machine in the whole assessment unit and my mother in law was in there for 9 hour's before getting moved to a ward staff made it more easier with the care they gave her
  • My mother went in on Sunday 2April in an ambulance because she was a bit confused. The Carer saw her off. Unfortunately all family members were out of the country. She always wore a long gold chain with several gold medallions on it that belonged to my grandmother and a gold Christopher I had given my late father. These were very precious to her and she loved them dearly. My mother is 94 years old. The next day she told my son on the phone that someone had stolen them. Now the chain was long and not that visible it hung under clothing. It would only be visible to someone who might have intimate contact with her clothing. My mother was treated for a urinary infection. However she has been greatly upset by this. She is now being described as being paranoid. No one apparently has seen any gold chain in any of the departments she was in ie. x-ray, A&E or ward 50. I put in a complaint but all they did was ask for our names addresses and say they will put us in contact with the right departments! Meantime my mother is distraught and may not recover being so fragile and elderly. The Carer assures me she was wearing it. She always wore it and now at her most vulnerable in a supposedly helpful and caring environment her most precious possession is stolen from her and nobody is bothered. It would appear that the Royal Infirmary is not a safe place for confused elderly patients. The whole family is so upset,disillusioned and angry.

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