A WHISTLEBLOWER has lifted the lid on the shocking conditions inside Inverclyde Royal.

The hospital worker, who we have chosen not to name, says parts of the hospital flood every time there is a heavy downpour.

These images were taken this week as Storm Atiyah hit the area.

The staff members says the worst areas affected are the winter ward L South, the x-ray corridor, the link corridor to the Larkfield Unit and the walkway that leads to the mortuary, all pictured.

He told the Telegraph: "This shows what the years of neglect have done to the hospital and the conditions staff are having to work in.

"It has been getting steadily worse over the years and nothing seems to be getting done.

"That's why I decided to go public and share these images."

He says the pictures are just the tip of the iceberg, with the winter ward in a similar state.

They show warning cones, towels on the floor to soak up the water and buckets put in place to catch leaks from the roof.

Insulation material can also been seen hanging out of a part of the ceiling where the tiles are missing.

The worker added: "The x-ray corridor is used daily by staff, patients and out-patients. It gives access to the MRI scanner and the new CT scanner, which the health board have just spent hundreds of thousands of pounds renewing.

"Apart from the hygiene issues, this is a health and safety problem with so many wet and slippery floors.

"The link corridor from IRH to the Larkfield unit floods every time it rains there are permanent wet floor signs along it."

He said: "The public has a right to know how bad it is and the people of Inverclyde to see how underfunded their hospital is.

"It seems everything is focused on the Queen Elizabeth in Glasgow."

Health bosses say they are aware of the issues and have instructed a surveyor to look at the fabric of the building.

A spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: "We are aware of the issues at Inverclyde Royal Hospital and have already engaged a specialised building surveyor to look at the external building fabric and identify the most appropriate solution.

"Once recommendations have been received from the surveyor these will be reviewed an appropriate course of action will be implemented.

"As a building ages it requires more investment and as part of an ongoing programme of modernising our estate a number of schemes are being undertaken specifically at Inverclyde Royal Hospital.

"This is to ensure that patients are being treated in buildings that are fit for purpose and meet the highest possible standards

"The water ingress due to heavy rain and winds is being dealt with as a priority by our estates staff and we apologise to our patients, staff and visitors for any inconvenience this has caused."