The Bellahouston Dispensary
Originally the Victoria did not have a separate out-patient department.
In 1892 the hospital opened its first out-patient department or ‘Dispensary’, funded by Cameron Corbett, MP, and his sister Mrs Curran.
It was in St James’ Street, Tradeston, near shipyards and factories.
Over 12,000 patients were treated in the first year – far more than the Governors had expected.
In 1899 the larger Bellahouston Dispensary opened in Morrison Street and ran for many years, despite being bombed during World War II. It closed when the NHS made GP services free.
The Victoria Dispensary
In 1894 a second Dispensary opened in at the Victoria.
There were 9,326 consultations in the first year and patient numbers grew steadily.
This Dispensary closed after World War I and the Infirmary opened an out-patient department.
Patient visits increased dramatically (114,000 by 1937).
A new building was cancelled when World War II broke out.
After the war the NHS introduced free healthcare and patient numbers soared.
By 1954 there were around 360,000 out-patient consultations a year - still in the 1920s facilities! A new out-patients building opened in 1966.
New medical technology has radically changed the way hospitals work.
Illnesses that once required a stay in hospital are now treated on an out-patient basis.
This approach is at the heart of the strategy for the Victoria in the twenty-first century.
**Pictured above is Bellahouston Dispensary opened 1899.