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Staff excited ahead of big move to the new RHSC

IT’S a big “thumbs up” from staff as they prepare to open the doors of the stunning new Royal Hospital for Sick Children at its new home in Govan.

The design, scale, equipment and environment have been given a five star rating by staff.

Elaine Love, head of nursing, said: “This is a fantastic building for us to deliver 21st century healthcare.

“The hospital has been designed to provide the very best clinical care to babies, children and young people and – equally important – to provide a therapeutic environment for them.

“Accommodation for parents has been enhanced and in particular provides better facilities for our resident parents.

“Each patient bed space has a patient entertainment system and this is also available in bed spaces within the emergency department.”

Elaine explained that the new equipment which has been purchased for the hospital, from beds to monitors, is all designed to support the delivery of safe, effective and person-centred care.

Among these are the smart new Quality Improvement boards, which have been installed in every ward/department to display improvement information to patients and parents/families. This is linked to the implementation of a consistent model for quality improvement known as CAAS (Care Assurance and Accreditation System).

Senior charge nurse (SCN) Jean Kirkwood from the Schiehallion ward said: “For us, the move means taking back the teenage patients, so once again we will be looking after babies right up to young people. The Teenage Cancer Trust and ward facilities are unbelievable.

“I’m very impressed with the quality of the work throughout both the adult and children’s hospital, it’s been done to a very high spec and staff are quite excited about this.

“There has been wonderful attention to detail, such as the science centre for outpatients, as part of diversionary therapies.”

Jean is delighted that the new Schiehallion ward now has a parents’ sitting room: “Parents are a big part of our daily routine and we carry out a lot of family-centred care.

“This room gives them an area within our unit where they can have a break from their child and chill.”

Renal unit ward 6a SCN Karen Symington welcomes the opportunity to implement change: “We are very fortunate to be involved in this brand new build and with all the operational changes it brings a fantastic opportunity to look at the ways in which we work as a team and make positive changes to improve the quality of care we provide.

“My staff are looking forward to being part of a new era and learning new skills.”

Karen continued: “I love the child-friendly feel, there is fantastic artwork for Way Finding and the outpatient department activities are great.

“The children and parents will benefit from the majority of accommodation being single rooms with en suite facilities and a more spacious environment.

“The third floor has a parents’ sitting room which will be fantastic for those parents from specialties outwith renal, who didn’t have access to a parents’ sitting room in Yorkhill.

“The rooftop garden is an amazing space, not only for children to play, but for parents of young children in prams to get out for some fresh air while helping their children to settle instead of pacing corridors!”

She also believes that the new hospital will enhance staff skills: “My nurses are highly experienced and skilled within our unit and this gives a great opportunity to widen that experience and skill set.”