Medics pay tribute to old hospital site
A TOP doctor has paid tribute to the North Staffs Royal Infirmary which has just closed to its final patients after serving the public for nearly 150 years.
The end of the Victorian hospital's era came with the transfer of the last department, which treated kidney patients, to the new £400 million superhospital.
The University Hospital of North Staffordshire's executives and their back-office staff are due to move out at the weekend before the site is used for new housing.
Trust medical director Dr Gavin Russell said: "The hospital has performed an excellent service, but she is now a very tired old lady who has done her best.
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"We need to move on and draw benefits from having all services operating on a single site.
"Staff in the renal department have performed excellently as they have operated a service in isolation in the Infirmary over the past few months."
The final patients were relocated on Thursday after the move was hit by a technical hitch.