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Royal Alexandra Hospital

The Royal Alexandra is a large general hospital located on Corsebar Road in Paisley (Renfrewshire), a half-mile (1 km) southwest of the town centre. It can trace its history back to 1788, when a dispensary for the poor was established. In 1805, this became a House of Recovery for catering for those with infectious diseases, which developed into a general infirmary with medical and surgical wards in 1850. Renamed the Royal Alexandra Infirmary, it moved to a new building in 1900 and then again, to the current site, in 1986.

The hospital serves a large community in Renfrewshire, while providing specialist services for a much wider area in the west of Scotland. It was once the principal hospital of the Argyll and Clyde health board, but following the controversial break up of that organisation transferred to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The Royal Alexandra has 650 in-patient beds and provides a full range of services including general surgery, a trauma and emergency surgery centre, a high-dependency unit, a large Accident & Emergency unit, a coronary care unit, dermatology, geriatric medicine, ophthalmology, orthodontics, psychiatry, a consultant-led maternity hospital and the Panda Centre providing pediatric services.

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