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50 Years of Intensive Care at Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

In 1966 Glasgow Royal Infirmary established one of the first dedicated wards for patients requiring ventilation and an intense level of care. 

Now the oldest dedicated intensive care ward in Scotland is celebrating its 50th birthday. 

The original eight bedded Intensive Care Unit in the hospital was opened as ward 25 in1966. 

As medicine and treatment for patients needing intensive care changed and adapted the unit was reduced to a seven bedded unit as more space was required at each bed space to accommodate more technical equipment. 

In 2004 the unit moved from ward 25 to it’s our current location in the hospital and returned to being an eight bedded unit. 

Then In 2011 the unit expanded and amalgamated with the ICU from Stobhill and today it is now a state of the art 20 bedded mixed ICU and High Dependency Unit (HDU) with 120 nursing staff, 13 consultants and a dedicated team of physiotherapist, pharmacists and dieticians. 

Jonathan Best, Director North Sector, added:  “Medicine has come a long way since 1966 and 50 years of providing intensive care to the people of Glasgow and beyond is a celebration for staff both past and present.” 



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