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Victoria Infirmary Accident & Emergency Closes Its Doors This Weekend

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

One of the oldest hospitals in Glasgow will start its journey to a new home this Saturday (16th) when its Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department closes its doors and the department moves to the Emergency Department in the new world-class South Glasgow University Hospital (SGUH). 

At 8.00 am on Saturday morning the doors to the Victoria’s A&E will shut for ever and patients with serious injuries and major emergencies will now be treated at the new SGUH. 

Patients with minor injuries such as cuts, broken bones, sprains and minor burns can still attend the new Victoria Hospital Minor Injuries Unit (MIU). 

A wealth of Information about the new hospitals, the moves and how it affects patients and transport can be found on our website via a dedicated new hospitals portal  This includes three new animated films on travelling to the new hospital campus and arriving and using the new SGUH and the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC). 

The old Victoria is being moved on a phased basis with the A&E Department and inpatients moving between the 16th and 17th May and patients in the Mansionhouse Unit moving to the new SGUH over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th May. 

The new SGUH should see the majority of adult acute services from the old Victoria and old Western being in place at the new by the end of May.  The new RHSC will see staff and patients move in June. 

Robert Calderwood, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chief Executive, said: “The new SGUH and new RHSC have been a long time in the planning and construction, and I am delighted that they are now complete.  

“We have already moved inpatients from the old Southern General into the new hospital and this weekend will be another step towards the new hospitals being fully operational and revolutionising healthcare for patients.

“We hope that the inpatients who move to the new hospital this weekend are as pleased with it as we are.” 


Notes to Editor

The scale of the migration of services to the new South Glasgow University Hospital and the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children is both significant and complex to plan.

Our clinical and management teams have had to work very closely with colleagues across other services – especially the Scottish Ambulance Service – to ensure co-ordination delivers continuity of services.

Those involved in the migration schedule have worked tirelessly to deliver a model that will be safe for our patients and to the continuity of services across the city and beyond.

The entire operation is being co-ordinated and managed by our New South Glasgow Hospitals Project Team who have drawn up a detailed programme of all the activity, with daily schedules of equipment deliveries, staff training and familiarisation and testing of all areas of the hospitals.

For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected].

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Last Updated: 13 May 2015