Records of Royal Alexandra Infirmary, Paisley, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Registers, 1937-1973;
  • Ward Journals, 1904-1919;
  • Miscellaneous, 1939-1971;
  • 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 for 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 second completely rebuilt Royal Alexandra Infirmary on a new site was opened in 1986.


Arranged in series.

Access Information

There is a 75 year closure period on the medical records, and a 100 year closure period on the medical records of minors. The 75 year closure period also applies to staff records.

If you seek patient records within these periods, or information regarding your own treatment, you should contact the Archivist.

Other Finding Aids

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

Appraisal Information

Appraised according to standard GB 0812 procedure.


Further accurals expected.

Related Material

GB 0812 AC23, Records of Craw Road Institution, hospital, Paisley; GB 0812 HB28 Western Regional Hospital Board, administrative body, Glasgow; GB 0812 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 &amp: Clyde Health Board, 1988).


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