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NHS GREATER GLASGOW INVESTS £5M FOR CRITICALLY ILL CHILDREN

April 21, 2005 12:00 PM

As part of an unprecedented level of investment for modernising healthcare facilities in Glasgow, a new £6 million (£1 million charitable donation from Magic Millions) state-of-the-art Intensive Care and High Dependency Unit will open its doors at the beginning of May providing an unparalleled standard of care for critically ill children from all over Scotland and beyond.

The new unit at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children will demonstrate the very latest in technology, clinical training and parent accommodation, replacing the existing facilities at the hospital.

Professor Sir John Arbuthnott, Chairman, NHS Greater Glasgow is delighted with the new facilities and the investment by NHS Greater Glasgow to ensure critically ill children from all over Scotland receive the best possible care.

He said: "NHS Greater Glasgow is investing over £750 million-the largest investment in Scotland-on healthcare facilities in Glasgow over the next decade and this improvement in services for critically ill chilldren is part of our drive to modernise services for patients from Glasgow and beyond.

"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 childrens' families who often spend a great deal of time in areas such as this."

NHS Greater Glasgow's Jonathan Best, Chief Executive of the Yorkhill Division, praised everyone involved in the project saying: "By bringing Intensive Care Unit and High Dependency Unit together in a modern, bright purpose built department, co-ordination of patient care will be improved along with the potential to reduce cancellations of elective surgery and inappropriate use of ICU beds.

"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.

"We have been very conscious of the need to focus not only on the clinical and technical aspects of the new build with our staff, but also take into account the views of former patients and their."

Sister Edith Gracie from the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit is looking forward to the opening at the beginning of May.She said: "Our new unit replaces the existing facilities that have served us well for the past 20 years.However, with no natural light and an area that was rapidly becoming too cramped to work in, our new facilities are a massive step forward.

"The difference between the old and new units is night and day, and will bring improvements not only to the level of care, privacy and comfort we can offer patients and their families, but provides us with dedicated staff areas including specific clinical training rooms and dedicated labs."

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 with ready access to all of the staff and facilities our young patients require.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Modernisation of NHS Greater Glasgow's hospitals includes:

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

·new £80 million Stobhill Hospital; and

·new £110 million Victoria Hospital.

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