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A Brief History

The Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) is a main hospital based in Paisley, serving the catchment area of Renfrewshire, as much as 200,000 people.

The RAH is one of 35 different hospitals run by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The hospital can trace its origins as far back to a general dispensary providing out-patient and pharmacy services to the sick and 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.

A second completely new rebuilt Royal Alexandra Infirmary was built on the site of the former Riccartsbar Hospital and renamed as the Royal Alexander Hospital.

The hospital was officially opened by Princess Alexandra in May 1988.

The Paisley Maternity Hospital was built before the main hospital and sits adjacent to the RAH. When it opened its doors in September 1969 it had 112 beds and two authorised places for private patients.