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Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh

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Royal Hospital for Sick Children
NHS Lothian
Royal Hospital For Sick Children, Sciennes.jpg
Shown in Edinburgh
Geography
LocationEdinburgh, Scotland
Coordinates55°56′18″N 3°11′20″W / 55.93833°N 3.18889°W / 55.93833; -3.18889
Organisation
Care systemNHS
TypeTeaching hospital, specialist
Affiliated universityUniversity of Edinburgh
Services
Emergency departmentYes
History
Opened1860
1863 (Royal Charter)
Closed23 March 2021 (2021-03-23)
Links
Websitewww.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/GoingToHospital/Locations/RHSC/Pages/default.aspx
ListsHospitals in Scotland

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children was a hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland, specialising in paediatric healthcare. Locally, it was commonly referred to simply as the Sick Kids. The hospital provided emergency care for children from birth to the 13th birthday, including a specialist Accident and Emergency facility. Some in patient specialties will see children up to the 16th birthday. The hospital was located on Sciennes Road in the Sciennes area of Edinburgh's South Side and was managed by NHS Lothian.

History

Royal Arms carving over the main entrance
Royal Arms carving over the main entrance

The hospital, which opened at 7 Lauriston Lane in 1860, was the first dedicated children's hospital in Scotland.[1] It received a royal charter in 1863, when it moved to the Meadowside House.[2] The conversion of the house into a hospital was carried out by the architect David Macgibbon.[3] In 1890 an outbreak of typhoid forced a temporary removal to Plewlands House, Morningside,[3] and Meadowside House was subsequently sold.[2] The site of the Trades Maiden Hospital (established by Mary Erskine) at Rillbank was bought in the early 1890s,[4] and plans for a new hospital were put in hand to designs by George Washington Browne. The Sciennes Road building cost £50,000[5] was opened on 31 October 1895 by Princess Beatrice.[6] It joined the National Health Service in 1948.[7]

In February 2015 construction work began on the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People at Little France which will replace the current hospital.[8]

In December 2016 the existing site was offered for sale as a development opportunity with the expectation of significant interest.[9] In September 2017 NHS Lothian decided to sell the site to the Downing Group, a Liverpool-based property developer.[10]

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children closed on 23 March 2021.[11][12]

Fundraising

In 2011, 6-year old Jack Henderson started an initiative to raise money for the hospital that cared for his brother, by selling drawings he had created. He originally planned to raise £100, but quickly raised £10,000.[13] A book, Jack Draws Anything, was published in October 2011.[14] After 3 years the fundraising total exceeded £64,000 and the project was brought to an end in June 2014.[15]

Architecture of the Sciennes Site

View of the Mortuary Chapel Murals by Phoebe Anna Traquair
View of the Mortuary Chapel Murals by Phoebe Anna Traquair

Some of the buildings that make up the hospital at the Sciennes Road site have listed building status designated by Historic Environment Scotland.

References

  1. ^ a b "Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Main U-Plan Block, including boundary walls and paired Gatepiers to south, excluding early 20th century former outpatients block to Sylvan Place and excluding all additions to west and north, Sciennes Road, Edinburgh". portal.historicenvironment.scot. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Royal Hospital for Sick Children History". NHS Lothian. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b Richardson, Harriet (22 January 2017). "Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh". Historic Hospitals. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Scran ::: Trades' Maiden Hospital, Edinburgh". Scran. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  5. ^ LHSA. "The Story of the 'Sick Kids' Hospital". www.lhsa.lib.ed.ac.uk. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Royal Hospital for Sick Children: listed building report". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  7. ^ LHSA. "Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children collection summary". www.lhsa.lib.ed.ac.uk. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  8. ^ Snead, Florence (1 May 2017). "New Edinburgh's Sick Kids hospital changes 150-year-old name". The Scotsman. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  9. ^ "For sale: Edinburgh's historic Sick Kids hospital put on market". www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  10. ^ Christie, Kevan (15 September 2017). "Edinburgh Sick Kids hospital sold to developers". The Scotsman. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  11. ^ "New opening date for Edinburgh's children's hospital". bbc.com/news. BBC News. 10 March 2021. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Edinburgh's new Sick Kids hospital will open fully on March 23". edinburghnews.scotsman.com. Edinburgh Evening News. 10 March 2021. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Jack Henderson hits £10,000 for Sick Kids in Edinburgh". BBC News (Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland). 4 April 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  14. ^ Sulieman, Cara (23 May 2011). "Jack Draws Anything: Six-year-old behind the website signs book deal". STV News. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  15. ^ "The end". Jack Draws Anything. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  16. ^ "MORTUARY CHAPEL, ROYAL HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN, SCIENNES ROAD, EDINBURGH". portal.historicenvironment.scot. Retrieved 24 February 2017.

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