By Mark McConville


EERIE images have revealed the abandoned remains of a UK hospital that famous nurse Florence Nightingale helped develop.

The haunting pictures show empty wards with all the beds stripped out while some linger in the hallways.

Forgotten equipment. The Elusive /

Other spooky shots show the equipment left behind, a cabinet full of poison and dusty monitors in the security room.

The striking photographs were taken at Derby Royal Infirmary by an urban explorer known only as The Elusive.

Seat in the hallway. The Elusive /

“This was a massively destroyed site, as people clearly looking for anything of value had ripped the place apart,” they said.

“Having been derelict for a number of years there were many things growing, leaking getting smushy and mouldy. There were also masses of equipment in there.

Hallway. The Elusive /

“In a place like this there are normally a lot of places to see and lots of things left lying around and you can go places that you wouldn’t normally be able to see in a hospital when it is open.

“I met a few other photographers whilst inside this site and one of which told me he had found rooms with the heating on.

Forgotten equipment. The Elusive /

“I couldn’t quite get my head around that so I asked if he could show me the rooms and he was right.

“In a building in such a state derelict since 1996 yet the radiators were still on. What a waste of money.

Secuirty monitors. The Elusive /

“Most people are surprised the amount of equipment that is still in there the state of the corridors and wards; looks very post apocalyptic.”

Derby Royal Infirmary was first built in 1810 and suffered a typhoid outbreak in 1890. The building’s design was blamed for the incident and led to it being restructured over the following three years.

In 1894 Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of the new layout which featured ‘onion’ shaped towers to prevent the deadly disease coming back.