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CodeNA10585
Dates1798-1998
Person NameDundee Royal Infirmary; 1798-1998
ActivityIn 1782 the Reverend Robert Small and Robert Stewart, surgeon, opened a public dispensary in Dundee. In 1792 the managing committee entered into a scheme for opening an infirmary for sick persons from poor homes. By 1794 £800 had been collected and the foundation stone of the original Dundee Infirmary laid. In 1798 the Infirmary was opened in King Street. Emergency cases were treated for free and in-patients were required to contribute to their board and medicines. In 1819 a royal charter was granted enabling the hospital to be called Dundee Royal Infirmary. In 1827 two new wings were opened. A sewerage system was constructed in 1835 and gas installed in 1836. The Infirmary was managed by its Governors who met four times a year. The day to day management was undertaken by the Weekly Committee which regulated admissions and discharges, regulated procedures and appointed staff. A new building was opened in 1855 in Barrack Road with Sir John Ogilvy as its first President. The original building was sold and was later absorbed into Victoria Road School. In 1882 a separate children's ward was opened. 1896 saw Dr. George Alexander Pirie begin experimentation with X-rays in the hospital's new 'electrical' department. The following year he published his first clinical X-ray photo in the Edinburgh Medical Journal. In 1906 a cancer ward was opened.From 1948 the hospital was managed by the National Health Service and it was closed in 1998. See 'Dundee Royal Infirmary, 1798-1998' by Norman Watson and 'The Story of the Old Infirmary' by Henry J.C. Gibson.
Corporate NameDundee Royal Infirmary
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