Western Infirmary

Western Infirmary

The Western Infirmary is a teaching hospital situated in the West End of Glasgow, Scotland. There is also a Maggie's centre at the hospital to help cancer patients, as well as the Glasgow Clinical Research Facility.

In the 1870s, when the University of Glasgow moved from the city centre to the West End, distancing itself from the Royal Infirmary, a new teaching hospital was built as part of the new university buildingscite web | url=http://www.archives.gla.ac.uk/gghb/collects/hb6.html | title=Records of Western Infirmary, hospital, Glasgow, Scotland | author=Alistair Tough | date=23 July 1998 | publisher=Greater Glasgow NHS Board Archive | accessdate=2006-11-28] . Initially only having 150 beds, by 1911 this had increased to over six hundred. In the 1960s a rebuilding programme began that saw most of the original buildings replaced within a decade.

The Western Infirmary opened as a voluntary hospital relying upon donations and bequests from members of the public [cite web | url=http://www.theglasgowstory.com/image.php?inum=TGSA01377 | title=Western Infirmary of Glasgow Advertisement | work=Post Office Glasgow directory | accessdate=2006-12-04] , but in 1948 with the introduction of the National Health Service the Western came under the management of the Glasgow Western Hospitals Board of Management [cite web | url=http://www.archives.gla.ac.uk/gghb/collects/hb37.html | title=Records of Glasgow Western (and Gartnavel) Hospitals Board of Management, administrative body, Glasgow, Scotland | author=Alistair Tough | date=23 July 1998 | publisher=Greater Glasgow NHS Board Archive | accessdate=2006-12-04] .

In 2002, NHS Greater Glasgow announced the results of a three year consultation, the Greater Glasgow's Acute Services Review, wherein they outlined a £700 million modernisation plan for Glasgow's hospitals. As part of the plan, services will be transferred to expanded facilities at Gartnavel General Hospital and in 2013 the Western Infirmary will be shut down. [cite web | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/1788076.stm | title=Shake-up of city hospitals approved | date=29 January, 2002 | publisher=BBC News | accessdate=2006-11-28] [cite web | url=http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/display.var.2097540.0.vow_to_keep_antenatal_care_in_the_west_end.php | title=Vow to keep antenatal care in the West End | author=Gordon Thomson | date=06 March, 2008 | publisher=Evening Times | accessdate=2008-03-06]


External links

* [http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/content/default.asp?page=s762&loc_id=14 Western Infirmary] on the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde website

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