Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow

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Royal Hospital for Sick Children
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
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Care system NHS Scotland
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of Glasgow
Emergency department Yes
Beds 266
Speciality Children's hospital
Founded 1882
Closed June 2015
Lists Hospitals in Scotland

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children is an NHS Scotland hospital in Yorkhill, Glasgow, specialising in paediatric healthcare. It is commonly referred to simply as Yorkhill or "Sick Kids". The hospital provides care for newborn babies right up to children around 13 years of age, including a specialist Accident and Emergency facility and the only Donor Milk Banking facility in Scotland.


The Hospital currently has 266 inpatient beds, 12 daycase beds, and handles approximately 90,000 out-patients, 15,000 in-patients and 7,300 day cases every year.[1]


The hospital was originally completed at Garnethill in 1882 and opened on 20 December as the Hospital for Sick Children. It took almost 22 years to come to fruition due to a dispute with the University of Glasgow regarding a suitable site.[2]

When opened, the hospital had 58 beds. It was funded by charitable donations.[3] On 8 January 1883, the hospital admitted its first patient, a 5-year-old boy with curvature of the spine. A further 16 beds were added in 1887 when Thomas Carlyle converted a house next door into an annexe. The hospital was given Royal patronage in 1889 when the prefix was added to its title.

The hospital was suffering from a chronic lack of space by the 1900s and as a result a new site at Yorkhill was chosen for the replacement hospital building. Designed by John James Burnet, the new building opened in July 1914. A public appeal had raised almost £140,000 in order for the Yorkhill site to be able to open.[4]

On Jul 11, 1964, the Queen Mother's Maternity Hospital opened on a site adjacent to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.[5] In 1966, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children was temporarily relocated to the former Oakbank Hospital buildings in Maryhill in order to facilitate the demolition of the existing building, which was discovered to be suffering from severe structural defects. The new Royal Hospital for Sick Children building was reopened at Yorkhill by Queen Elizabeth II in 1972 and coupled with the Queen Mother's Maternity Hospital, effectively established a national centre of integrated Obstetrics and Paediatric healthcare.

A new operating theatre complex opened in 1998 and a new Intensive Care Unit opened in April 2005.


NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde closed the Queen Mother's Maternity Hospital on January 13, 2010[6] and plan to re-locate the Royal Hospital for Sick Children to the New South Glasgow Hospitals site in Govan where it is planned to open in June 2015. The new £100 million, 256 bed, Royal Hospital for Sick Children will be integrated with the refurbished Maternity unit at the Southern General Hospital as well as a new 1109 bed Adult Hospital and the existing specialist Institute of Neurological Sciences.


  1. ^ "Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Yorkhill)". NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "A Brief History of the Early Days of the the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow". Historical Hospital Admission Records Project. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Bradford, Eleanor (8 December 2010). "Records reveal life at Victorian children's hospital". BBC News. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Yorkhill hospital celebrates 100 years of caring for children". STV News. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Queen Mother's maternity hospital closes doors". BBC News. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Last baby to be born at maternity unit meets the first as Queen Mum's closes its doors after 46 years". Daily Record (Scotland). 14 January 2010. 

Coordinates: 55°52′00″N 4°17′48″W / 55.86667°N 4.29667°W / 55.86667; -4.29667