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Royal Hospital for Children
Health Board

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde


General Information

The Royal Hospital for Children is now part of the QEUH campus, having moved from its previous home at Yorkhill. The RHC has a around 250 beds and has a orthopaedic unit providing both trauma and elective care. Although the RHC is built adjacent to the QEUH and shares some connecting corridors, it is very much a separate hospital. The internal doors of the adult hospital are glazed with square panels, whereas the the RHC doors feature circular glazing. If the presence of cartoons on the wall don't give it away, the doors provide a subtle reminder for those who are new to the complex. 

The central atrium functions as a waiting area for the surrounding clinics. There are various 'stations' around the atrium, specially designed to occupy and entertain children. Shouting patients for clinic can be tricky at peak times! 


The RHC has it's own Aroma cafe adjacent to the main entrance. However, staff based here also have easy access to the adult catering facilities, which are just a few minutes walk away.

Orthopaedic Department

In contrast to the adult hospital next door, the RHC has much smaller feel. There are 8 Consultants who share an office over in the Office Block. However, the middle grades have access to an office on the 3rd floor of the RHC. This includes computers, lockers, tea/coffee facilities and a folding bed for on-calls. There are also shower/lockers across the corridors for those who cycle to work and to freshen up before the trauma meeting. 

The orthopaedic patients tend to be spread over a few different locations. Day surgery is located on 1A/1B and 2C is receiving for all specialties, except most orthopaedics. 2C is usually separated into a 'surgical' portion and a 'medical' portion. Most orthopaedic trauma and in-patient elective patients are likely to be found on 3C or 1D (PICU). Elective and fracture clinics are usually held in 'Clnic 2', whereas the plaster room is located across the atrium in 'Clinic 7'.

During the rotation, trainees will spend a 6 month placement at the RHC. The rota currently has 7 middle grades, with no junior tier. A 1 in 7 overnight non-residential on-call system is in operation. This rota may be subject to change. 

Mr Roderick Duncan
Miss Janet McCaul
Miss Claire Murnaghan
Miss Heather Read
Mr David Rowland
Miss Alex Smith
Travel Information

Car - Located next to the M8 on the South side of the City the RHSC is accessible by both car and public transport. There is easy access to the M8, M77 and M74. Car parking is possible, although non-permit staff spaces are very limited and there are limitations for on-street parking in the vicinity. 


Train / Bus / Underground - There are regular bus services to most areas of the city.  You can travel by train or underground from the City Centre to Cardonald Train station or Govan Underground, both are around 30 min walk from the RHC. Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT) have a handy PDF Map showing all the connections from the surrounding area to the QUEH campus which includes the RHC. You can access it on their website here.

Bike - Secure bike storage is available and there is reasonably good provision of changing facilities. 

Public transport is a good option for this unit, however the reality of multi-site working means that a car makes life significantly easier.


1345 Govan Road

G51 4TF

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