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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. IV


360 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [Lauristw From each side of this central mass there are three floors of corridors, affording access to the wards of the Surgical Hospital, and to the front view appear as so many ranges of triple-windows surmounted by a balustrade of stone. Each of these passages is twelve feet wide, and run from end to end of the buildings ; and there branch out towards Lauriston four blocks of wards, 128 feet long by 33 wide. Each comes to within some 35 feet of the - It consists of four pavilions lying east and west, parallel to each other, at distances of about IOO feet apart, with their eight towers facing the Meadows, repeating the architectural features of the Lauriston front at their northern ends, all connected by a corridor, the flat roof of which becomes available as an open gallery. Each of all these separate blocks or pavilions, besides their attics and basements, have three floors, GEORGE WATSON?S HOSPITAL. (Reduced Facsi#tde of R. Scott?r Enffravinr of fhe Drawing i.U And~ew Scott Maron, wed 13, Pudlisfud in I8rg.) pavement, presenting a front of eight Holyrood towers, with four crowstepped gables between. The masonryis hammer-dressed stone and dressed ashlar. On the south side of the main corridors are two blocks that project to the south, and between them are two class-rooms, also entering from these corridors, with a theatre for operations in rear of the central block, while immediately to the south of all this are the old buildings of Watson?s Hospital, remodelled for administrative purposes. The Surgical Hospital forms a pile of building with a frontage of 480 feet, combining a picturesque group of round towers, and corbelled tourelles, oyer all of which rises the lofty spire. The Medical Hospital occupies that portion of the ground nearest to the northern walk of the Meadows, and most simple are its arrangements. each of which constitutes a ward, or separate and independent hospital, capable, if necessary, of complete isolation. The floors are connected by a spacious staircase, and each opens out from the wide corridor, at right angles to its upper end ; and two hydraulic hoists run from the basement to the top of the block-one for sending up meals from the general kitchen, and the other large enough to hold a bed for the conveyance, up or down, of a helpless patient. There are also shoots for soiled linen and sweepings and ashes. In short, everything is considered, and no comfort seems to have been forgotten, even to a complete set of fireextinguishing apparatus. For the nurse in charge of each department there are comfortable apartments, one of which, by a glazed opening, commands a view of the ward.
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