Glasgow’s new Children’s Hospital celebrated its first birthday with a flurry of fun for young patients and their families and the opening of two super play parks including one on the roof top of the hospital and another at ground level.
It was one year ago today (Friday June 10th) the final move in Scotland’s biggest ever hospital migration was completed with the arrival of Glasgow’s new Royal Hospital for Children staff and patients on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Campus.
To mark the anniversary our paediatric staff and our friends at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity brought in the clowns, the teddy bears and music makers to create a party atmosphere for our young patients to really enjoy.
And to open the hospital parks for play the Children’s Charity Young Ambassador – and Young Scot of The Year – Jenny Cook (13) from East Kilbride had the honour of cutting the ribbon.
Jenny has battled inflammatory bowel disease since she was a tot and undergone major surgery at the age of five, and has earned plaudits from both the Prime Minister and Scotland’s First Minister for her astonishing fundraising efforts.
Kevin Hill, Director in charge of the children’s hospital said: “ We are delighted that Jenny could join us today to officially open our new play parks.
“Jenny is a remarkable young girl who has overcome her own illness to raise an amazing amount of money to support other children with illness.
“I would also like to thank the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity who contributed £17,000 of enhancements to the roof garden funded by donors and supporters including the Rangers Charity Foundation and the Chloe McIntyre Memorial Fund.”
The roof top garden is on level 3 of the hospital and the ground level play park is situated next to the main entrance to the children’s hospital. Both are smokefree.
For those patients too unwell to leave their beds a roaming party took the celebrations to them and there was even cup cakes and juice for everyone.
Since its opening, the showpiece Royal Hospital for Children has been a fantastic hit with both staff and patients.
It has treated more than 30,000 inpatients and more than 103,000 outpatients have attended. A further 55,000 children have attended the hospital’s emergency department.
Chief Executive, Robert Calderwood, said: “The move from the Yorkhill site was an emotional one for many staff and patients. But over the last 12 months staff and patients have quickly settled and realised just what a brilliant facility the new hospital is.”
In the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for adults next door our staff have also been busy delivering first class care to more than a quarter of a million inpatients, day-case patients and outpatients. A further 90,000 were treated in our A & E department.
Mr Calderwood added: “I want to acknowledge and thank all the staff involved at the new hospital for their dedicated work and commitment to deliver for our patients.”