Leicester Royal Infirmary

The Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) is a National Health Service hospital in Leicester, England. It is located to the south-west of the city centre. It has an accident and emergency department and is managed by of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Leicester Royal Infirmary
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
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Leicester Royal Infirmary
Leicester Royal Infirmary is located in Leicestershire
Leicester Royal Infirmary
Shown in Leicestershire
LocationInfirmary Square, Leicester, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates52°37′39″N 1°08′11″W / 52.6274°N 1.1365°W / 52.6274; -1.1365Coordinates: 52°37′39″N 1°08′11″W / 52.6274°N 1.1365°W / 52.6274; -1.1365
Care systemPublic NHS
FundingGovernment hospital
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityLeicester University
Emergency departmentYes, Accident and Emergency
ListsHospitals in England


Leicester Infirmary & Fever House from the north-east by John Hackett 1825

The hospital was founded by Reverend William Watts as the Leicester Infirmary with 40 beds in 1771.[1] Patients were forced to pay a deposit when they went in; if they went home, the money was repaid; if they died their deposit would be spent on burying them.[1] When first opened, there was no running water, but there was the nearby brewery, which was used to treat the patients.[1] By 1808, the infirmary had expanded by 20 beds, to a total of 60 beds.[1]

A fever house opened at the infirmary in 1820[2] and nurses were first trained there in 1870.[3] St Luke's Chapel, which benefited from extensive stained glass windows and memorials, was built in 1887.[4][a]

The facility became Leicester Infirmary and Children's Hospital in 1911 and Leicester Royal Infirmary and Children's Hospital in 1914[2] before it joined the National Health Service in 1948.[2]

The Windsor building was opened by the Queen in December 1993[5] and a new accident and emergency department was opened by the Princess Royal in March 2018.[6]

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a junior doctor at the Infirmary, was convicted of manslaughter for her part in the death of a 6-year old boy from sepsis and received a suspended prison sentence in 2015.[7] Although the General Medical Council ruled in January 2018 that she be struck off the medical register, the Court of Appeal decided in August 2018 that she should be re-instated.[7]

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  1. ^ The chapel was demolished to make way for the new accident and emergency department in 2015


  1. ^ a b c d "The Royal Infirmary, Infirmary Road, Leicester". Historic England. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Leicester Royal Infirmary". National Archives. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  3. ^ "School of Nursing and Midwifery, De Montfort University and predecessors". Archives Hub. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  4. ^ "New home sought for Leicester Royal Infirmary chapel organ". BBC. 12 October 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Court Circular". The Independent. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  6. ^ "What Princess Anne did on whistle-stop tour around Leicestershire". Leicester Mercury. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  7. ^ a b "The court of appeal was right to reinstate Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba". The Guardian. 14 August 2018. Retrieved 19 August 2018.

Further readingEdit

  • Frizelle, Ernest Reginald (1971). The Leicester Royal Infirmary, 1771-1971. Hospital Management Committee. ISBN 978-0950184104.

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