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Visited with a non OS forum member as part of an organised meet on another well known UE forum. Met a few other small groups on the way round and the local kids that use the place for hanging out and skating were ever present in the grounds.

Not being the most agile person these days I managed to take home a good deal of bruises from several comedy entrances and exits. Not really the most subtle of entries on a busy Saturday afternoon but fun all the same.

This was my first hospital explore and probably the most modern of all the places I've visited so far so I wasn't too sure on whether I was going to enjoy it or not as I tend to prefer places a bit more industrial. That said I really enjoyed this even though parts are absolutely trashed while other parts don't seem to have been touched. There's a good deal of old and new to keep anyone happy.

Didn't cover half the site I wanted to so will be taking another trip back sometime soon.


The Derby Royal Infirmary was built on the site of the city's first hospital, the Derbyshire General Infirmary, built between 1806 and 1810.

During the year that he was Mayor of Derby, Sir Alfred Seale Haslam managed to replace the old William Strutt Infirmary with the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

In 1890 there had been an outbreak of disease at the old infirmary and Sir William Evans, President of the Infirmary arranged a three day inspection which condemned the old building. When Queen Victoria came to open the new hospital on 21 May 1891 she knighted Haslam for his services and gave permission for the term "Royal" to be used.

The hospital started to transfer it's services in 2009 to a new hospital built on the other side of the city now known as the Royal Derby Hospital.

The latest scheme to transform the former hospital has been put forward by housing firm UK Regeneration (UKR) who wants to build 300 much-needed homes for rent on eight acres of land between London Road and Osmaston Road that it will buy from Derby Hospitals NHS Trust.

UKR says it intends to retain the iconic towers that formed the end of two of the Royal Infirmary's early-1900s wards and the trust has confirmed that statues of Florence Nightingale and Queen Victoria on the site will be retained.

The DRI also has a link to celebrated nurse Florence Nightingale.

The nurse, who was born in Florence, Italy, but was mainly raised in Derbyshire, is most famous for her role treating the wounded during the Crimean War, imposing high standards of hygiene on makeshift wards.

But she also had a role advising on the redevelopment of the Derbyshire General Infirmary in the 1860s. That led to the famous nurse, dubbed The Lady of the Lamp, being immortalised by a statue there. The whole development site has now been named the Nightingale Quarter in her honour.

On with the photos...

1. Dishwashing equipment in the kitchens of the main building.


2. Fire Alarm Plan


3. Main Corridoor


4. Drains and Underground Walkways


5. Glass Flasks and other equipment


6. Microscopes


7. Pathology - completely trashed


8. Biochemsitry


9. Blood Fridge and Lab


10. One of the two 1900 towers


11. X-Ray Room


12. Barnums - Childrens Ward


13. Lift Cage


14. Perjury Saint woz 'ere ?


15. Bedside Lamps


16. LInen Cupboards


17. Pipework in the Attic - pitch black up here and thanks to the person that left a fresh Mr Whippy that I narrowly missed standing in !


18. Old Medical Journals and Books



19. Old Signage


Thanks for looking - full set here :)

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Oh my, very nice shots indeed and cracking write up! I too get smothered in bruises, cuts and scratches, I wake up the next morning feeling like I've gone 10 rounds with mike Tyson! But I love it!! Thanks for sharing, enjoyed this :)

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Nice one, glad you found those books in the attic! It's a right timewarp up there.

I should crack on with editing the shots I took here BEFORE Christmas!

Cheers IS, that was my fave part of the mooch, didn't attempt to go on the roof as it was windy. Look forward to seeing your photos :)

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Oh my, very nice shots indeed and cracking write up! I too get smothered in bruises, cuts and scratches, I wake up the next morning feeling like I've gone 10 rounds with mike Tyson! But I love it!! Thanks for sharing, enjoyed this :)

Thanks Lara, new years resolution is to get a bit fitter and more agile so I don't take so many bruises home :) can't work out why I always feel so knackered after a trip out though and I'm always starving when I get home too :)

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You can see there's parts that are trashed and smashed but there's plenty to work around and capture.

Cool shots and write always a winning combination.

Cheers for the share


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Looks a good explore that, and an interesting bit of history, I never knew about the Florence Nightingale stuff :thumb Lovely shots thanks for sharing :)

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