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HRH, THE EARL OF WESSEX OPENS NEW INTENSIVE CARE UNIT AT GLASGOW’S ROYAL HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN

October 12, 2005 12:00 PM

NHS Greater Glasgow was delighted today to welcome His Royal Highness, the Earl of Wessex, who officially opened the new state of the art intensive care and high dependency unit at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

The new intensive care and high dependency unit opened its doors at the beginning of May to provide an unparalleled standard for care for critically ill children from all over Scotland.

As part of an unprecedented level of investment by NHS Greater Glasgow for modernising healthcare facilities in Glasgow, the new £5.5 million (which includes a £1 million charitable donation from the Magic Million campaign) unit at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children has the very latest in technology, clinical training and parent accommodation, replacing the existing facilities at the hospital.

With 14 paediatric intensive care beds and six high dependency beds (with a potential to increase to 10 high dependency beds) the new unit will provide a seamless critical care department.

As well as combined paediatric intensive care and high dependency service the unit boasts a state of the art clinical information system as part of the ‘Hot Desk Room' and has a separate ‘Family Room' allowing parents the chance to spend some private time with their children.

Professor Sir John Arbuthnott, Chairman, NHS Greater Glasgow, wants critically ill children from all over Scotland to receive the best possible care available.

He said: "The new critical care department will provide care for children with a wide range of life threatening conditions including heart disorders, cancer and meningitis.

"It will also make a difference to the children's' families who often spend a great deal of time in areas such as this.

"This new intensive care and high dependency unit is part a£750 million development programme- the largest investment in Scotland- to modernise healthcare facilities across Glasgow over the next decade.This improvement in services for critically ill children is part of our drive to impact services for patients from Glasgow and beyond. "

Sally Kuenssberg, Chairperson of the Yorkhill Division, praised everyone involved in the project saying: "The new department will be a major boost for paediatric care in the West of Scotland and beyond, and everyone who was involved in helping us to make this a reality should be very proud of this fine achievement.

"Bringing Intensive Care and High Dependency services together in a modern, bright, purpose-built facility will improve patient care and we have been very conscious of the need to focus not only on the clinical and technical aspects of the new facility, but also take into account the views of former patients and their families."

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NOTES TO EDITORS

The new Intensive Care and High Dependency Unit has been opened since May 2005 and is one of the most modern facilities in the UK.

The Hot Desk Room is a multi-disciplinary meeting room where clinical discussions can take place away from the bedside with staff having access to digital x-rays and the clinical information system.

The Family Room is an area specifically designed to allow families to spend some quiet and private time together away from the main ward area.

Modernisation of NHS Greater Glasgow's hospitals includes:

·£87 million for new West of Scotland Cancer Centre on the Gartnavel site;

·£80 million for the new Stobhill Hospital;

·£110 million for the new Victoria Hospital;

·£350m on new South Glasgow Hospital; and

·three new purpose built mental health hospitals at Gartnavel, Stobhill and the South Glasgow Hospital site

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