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The Glasgow Victoria Infirmary was a teaching hospital situated at Langside/Battlefield in the south-east of Glasgow from 1880 until 2015. It was managed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Glasgow Victoria Infirmary
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
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Old Victoria Infirmary Buildings
Glasgow Victoria Infirmary is located in Glasgow council area
Glasgow Victoria Infirmary
Shown in Glasgow
LocationLangside Road, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Coordinates55°49′39″N 4°16′03″W / 55.82742°N 4.26746°W / 55.82742; -4.26746Coordinates: 55°49′39″N 4°16′03″W / 55.82742°N 4.26746°W / 55.82742; -4.26746
Care systemPublic NHS
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityUniversity of Glasgow
Emergency departmentYes Accident & Emergency
WebsiteVictoria Infirmary
ListsHospitals in Scotland


A competition was held to design a 120-bedded hospital and this attracted 46 entries from architects around the UK.[1] Campbell Douglas & Sellars won the competition to design the new voluntary hospital for the city's South Side in 1882.[2] Building work began in 1888 and the infirmary was officially opened on 14 February 1890.[2] The original buildings consisted of a central administration block, a lodge and one pavilion.[1] A nurses' home was added in the 1890s and additional pavilions were added in 1902 and 1906.[1]

A new wing added an additional 120 beds to the hospital in 1927,[3] another block provided a further 30 beds in 1931 and a further extension provided a further 50 beds in 1935.[4] By 1939 the hospital had 555 beds.[5]

Implementation of a development plan brought new laboratories, a theatre suite and teaching facilities in 1967.[6]

After all inpatient and accident and emergency services hadbeen transferred to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the Glasgow Victoria Infirmary closed in May 2015.[7] Housing provider Sanctuary Group then took over the 9.5 acre site in August 2016.[2]

New Victoria HospitalEdit

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.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Victoria Infirmary". Historic Hospitals. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Healing the sick. New wing for Victoria Infirmary. Cost of upkeep". The Glasgow Herald. 17 February 1927. p. 3. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Victoria Infirmary. Two important extensions". The Glasgow Herald. 25 May 1935. p. 12. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  5. ^ ""Ever-growing service." Demands on Victoria Infirmary. Glasgow institution's expenditure". The Glasgow Herald. 13 February 1939. p. 12. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Opening of theatre block at Victoria Infirmary. Efficiency increased by modernisation". The Glasgow Herald. 17 October 1961. p. 11. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  7. ^ "End of an Era for 125 Year Old Hospital". Evening Times. 16 May 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  8. ^ "First patients impressed by the £100m New Victoria hospital". The Herald. Glasgow. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2016.