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The Gallery - A little story about Red Dot Radio

The Old Royal Infirmary Hospital

The Old Royal (for those that never saw it) was a fine collection of grand Georgian and Victorian buildings mixed in with porta-cabins and pre-fabricated huts.

Sadly (?) the hospital was closed down. So before we left and after all the patients had gone, some brave soles crept around the empty wards collecting equipment and playing at silly buggers with the abandoned hospital equipment.

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Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary

The lifts were right in the middle of the stairwells. This meant you walked around a lift as it went up and down - just like the old 1950's films.

The guys sneaked into the abandoned hospital to wander around.

Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary
Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary

The metal-work around the lifts was extraordinarily ornate.

Craig shows us a typical patient visitor pose while testing the still working headphones.

Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary
Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary

Every ward had a balcony area where the patients had some of the most beautiful views in Edinburgh. When they build houses here these views will cost big money!

Amazingly these operating theatre lights were still wired and working. Here Craig shows off his 'Nurse, I'm ready' pose.

Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary
Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary

Hidden in the corridors were control panels for controlling radio output. These were still in good condition after many years of use.

This was the 'secret' road to get to the studio. It was supposed to be one-way but often cars would come around the blind corner, surprised to see you coming the other way.

Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary
Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary

Here you can see the amazing wiring required to route the radio signal around every ward. Apart from a few cobwebs the fire hazard was minimal.

Looking towards the shop and main route you would have had to walk down when visiting patients.

Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary
Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary

Another picture of the 'old' wiring.

A very sad picture. Here you see a beautiful cherry blossom blooming for the last time.

Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary
Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary

Which way to ward 52? Who knows? The signs never ever pointed to real places.

Towers of concrete.

Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary
Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary

Malcolm and others take back some of the speakers from the ward day rooms.

When this was built it must have looked stunning. Now time and misuse have had their toll.

Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary
Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary

"Is it the blue or red wire to stop the bomb?"
The walk tall was to remind the maternity patients. Apparently it helps build up your pelvic floor muscles.

More trees whose days were numbered.

Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary
Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary

Tommy - superstar.

This building looked like something you might find some 50's horror film. Very brown!

Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary
Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary

We also broadcast through the chapel. This was the 'god' switch. The resident priest could flip between radio and chapel output.

Brown and beige outside and inside.

Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary
Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary

Tommy has a relapse. Luckily he has Red Dot Radio to help him through the pain.

Another building that will not be missed.

Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary
Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary

All through the Royal there were plaques and plates noting the worthy people who supported the hospital. Clear conscience through money?

Hidden amongst brown and beige were a few stunning examples of Georgian and Victorian magnificence

Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary
Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary

An empty ward with the nurses station still in place. This is the infamous ward 27 - our best ward from requests.

Sometimes when the sun caught the buildings just right the brown and beige almost looked right.

Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary
Red RDR Old Royal Infirmary

Car parking was always a nightmare but we all had our little secret places.

 

 

 

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