The Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) Glasgow was officially opened on 3rd July 2015 and treats paediatric patients up to their 16th birthday.
The RHC is one of the largest paediatric teaching hospitals in the UK and the largest in Scotland. It provides secondary care for more than 900,000 people resident within the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, but also tertiary care for the 3m people living across the West of Scotland. There are also 17 nationally designated services delivered from the hospital including cardiac surgery, bone marrow and renal transplantation, Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) and complex airway, supported by a 22 bed PICU.
At RHC we are proud of our focus on getting it right first time every time for our patients and this is achieved through the Paediatric Accident & Emergency Department (ED) which treats up to 65,000 ED patients, the main outpatients facility designed around a modern atrium sees 100,000 outpatients and the mainly single room wards and highly specialised theatres care for 12,000 Day cases and 22,000 inpatients each year.
All paediatric medical and surgical subspecialties are represented, including general medical paediatrics, cardiology, neonatology, neurology, nephrology, respiratory, endocrinology, gastroenterology, immunology and infectious diseases, dermatology, haematology/oncology, rheumatology, metabolic medicine, audiology, ophthalmology, ENT surgery, orthopaedics, paediatric neurosurgery and general paediatric and neonatal surgery. A selection of child and adolescent psychiatry facilities are located within the hospital along with a Child Protection Unit.
The hospital provides the major Undergraduate Paediatric Teaching facility for the University of Glasgow and accommodates the University Departments of Child Health, Child and Family Psychiatry, Medical Genetics, Human Nutrition, Paediatric Pathology, Paediatric Biochemistry and Paediatric Surgery. There is on site clinical audit and research and development support to assist with departmental research projects.
The Radiology Department provides ultrasound, CT, MRI and isotope studies on site. All imaging is now digital and accessed through the PACS system. Diagnostic laboratory facilities are located in a new build laboratory complex at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus.
The new hospital will continue its role as a major academic institution, the Women & Children's (W&C) Directorate which includes RHC is home to a number of University departments as well as internationally acclaimed research groups. The Directorate has a significant commitment and role in the teaching and training of new doctors, nurses, midwives and other health professionals, to ensure that highly trained NHS staff are ready to care for women & children.
Within the community the W&C Directorate and Community & Health Care Partnership provides a wide range of services from four Child Development Centres at - Bridgeton Health Centre, Possilpark Health Centre, Drumchapel Health Centre and the new Southbank Centre in the Gorbals. These centres run various clinics dealing with speech, hearing, emotional or behavioural problems, as well as organising immunisation programmes in local schools. A wide range of staff provide these services, including consultant community Paediatricians, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech & language therapists and school nurses amongst others.