Child Health in Scotland: A History of Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children

This project will provide a social history of Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children. It examines the debates that lasted two decades from initial proposal to eventual opening of the first hospital in 1882 in a converted townhouse in Garnethill. It looks at the roles of nurses as well as clinicians, and narrates the experiences of children entrusted to the hospital’s care. Phases of the history include the hospital during two World Wars, including WW1 occupation of wards by injured army officers. It investigates the evacuation of the hospital in 1965 when it was found to have serious structural faults, the opening of a new hospital five years later, and the controversial plans to close that hospital scheduled for 2015. Other themes included are convalescence in the country, and the role of philanthropy both before, and after, creation of the NHS.

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Dates

May 2010 to June 2014

Funders

  • Wellcome Trust
  • Yorkhill Children’s Foundation
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • University of Glasgow
  • Greater Glasgow Health Board

Publications

Child Health in Scotland: A History of Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Scottish History Press, Erskine, 2016)

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children opened in Garnethill in December 1882. It moved to Yorkhill in 1914. The book will be launched to coincide with 100 years on the Yorkhill site.