Bradford Royal Infirmary
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Bradford Royal Infirmary
Bradford Royal Infirmary
Location in West Yorkshire
LocationBradford, West Yorkshire, England
Coordinates53°48′21″N 1°47′40″W / 53.80583°N 1.79444°W / 53.80583; -1.79444Coordinates: 53°48′21″N 1°47′40″W / 53.80583°N 1.79444°W / 53.80583; -1.79444
Care systemNHS
Affiliated universityLeeds School of Medicine
ListsHospitals in England

Bradford Royal Infirmary is a large teaching hospital in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, and is operated by the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The infirmary is affiliated with the Leeds School of Medicine.


The hospital has its origins in the Bradford Public Dispensary founded in 1825.[1] It opened at Darley Street in 1827 and moved to Westgate as the Bradford Infirmary in 1843.[2] In December 1882 the infirmary staff responded to the Newlands Mill chimney collapse which resulted in the loss of 54 lives, mostly young girls and boys.[3][4] The facility became the Bradford Royal Infirmary in 1897 in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee [2]

The foundation stone for the current facility in Duckworth Lane was laid by the Duke and Duchess of York in 1928 and the facility opened in 1936.[2] It joined the National Health Service in 1948.[2] The hospital was noted for being a pioneer in the field of chemotherapy under Professor Robert Turner and George Whyte-Watson in the 1950s.[5][6]


Specialist services include support from the Yorkshire Cochlear Implant Service for young children and adults that have a Cochlear implants.[7]

The hospital hosts the 'Centre for Ageing' a research group focused on applied health research on older people and funded by the Wolfson foundation.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Bradford Royal Infirmary". National Archives. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Our History". Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Newlands Mill Disaster 1882". All About Bradford. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  4. ^ McEwen, Alan (November 2012). "Death and Destruction: the collapse of Newlands Mill chimney". Vintage Spirit (124): 60–3.
  5. ^ Lomax, Claire (16 June 2009). "'Fascinating' look at medical history". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Pioneers who brought new hope for breast cancer patients". The Yorkshire Post. 3 August 2005. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Welcome". Yorkshire Cochlear Implant Service. Archived from the original on 12 April 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  8. ^ "First researchers to move into new £3m centre in grounds of BRI". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 7 March 2020.