Royal Alexandra Infirmary, Paisley

Reference AC22 and HH70
Dates of Creation 1786-1975
Name of Creator Royal Alexandra Infirmary (hospital: 1788-1986: Paisley)
Language of Material English
Physical Description 8.00 meters

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1786-1948;
Annual reports, 1849-1947;
Registers, 1937-1973;
Ward Journals, 1904-1919;
Miscellaneous, 1804-1971;
Staff records, 1907-1971.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Royal Alexandra Infirmary traces its origins to a general dispensary providing out-patient and pharmacy services to the sick poor which was opened in 1788. From this came the House of Recovery opened on 1805 which catered for infectious diseases cases only until 1850 when it became a general infirmary with medical and surgical wards. The infirmary was completely rebuilt on a new site in 1900 and renamed the Royal Alexandra Infirmary. In 1948 it joined the National Health Service under the Paisley & District Hospitals Board of Management and in 1974 was transferred to the Renfrew District of Argyll & Clyde Health Board. Craw Road (AC23) was acquired in 1948 and acted as an annex for the hospital, providing facilities for facilities for Orthopaedic Surgery, ENT Surgery, geriatric assessment and geriatric long stay patients.A completely rebuilt Royal Alexandra Hospital on a new site was opened in 1986 and the RAI closed down.

Arranged in series.

Conditions Governing Access
There is a 75 year closure period on the medical records, and a 100 year closure period on the medical records of minors.

Other Finding Aids
A paper based finding aid can be located in the searchroom.

Appraisal Information
Appraised according to standard procedures.

Further accurals expected.

Related Material
AB 1 Records of Argyll and Clyde Health Board; AC23, Records of Craw Road Institution, hospital, Paisley; AC 57 Renfrew District of Argyll & Clyde Health Board; HB28 Western Regional Hospital Board, administrative body, Glasgow; HB 55 Greater Glasgow Health Board, administrative body, Glasgow

Lyon, I.M. A Short History of the Royal Alexandra Infirmary and Allied Services, 1786-1970

Dow, Derek A. Paisley Hospitals: The Royal Alexandra Infirmary and Allied Institutions, 1786-1986 (Glasgow, Argyll and Clyde Health Board, 1988).