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A Significant Medical History

< 1960-70s | 2000+ >

1983 HRH Princess of Wales Opens the Renal Day Unit
Opened in February, the building housed an area for assessing day patients, an out-patient clinic and a haemodialysis area, as well as parent and staff accommodation, a library and a seminar room.
1986 Royal Alexandra Hospital Hospital opens
Front view | Back view
1989 Concept for care of the elderly
On 6th November a new ‘day hospital’ opened within the Royal Alexandra Hospital and let its first patients in. This day hospital for the care of the elderly was to allow for a more flexible response to the requirements of individual patients and ‘out patient’ multidisciplinary assessment. Its primary functions were to assist rehabilitation and assessment, which proved to be a useful tool in meeting healthcare needs of the elderly in the Renfrew district.
1992 Radio Lollipop launched at Yorkhill
Children’s play and radio service.
1993 NHS Trusts Introduced
1994 Dept of Paediatric Audiology at RHSC opens
One of only two of its type in the UK.
1992 First ECMO Patient in Yorkhill
Temporary heart and lung support for infants and children.
1995

80th Anniversary of Almoners in the RHSC
Health Minister Lord Fraser unveils a plaque.

1995
Landmark Research
Glasgow clinicians play a lead role in landmark study which finds that statins can significantly reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
1995 Doctor’s Pioneer new-style heart operation
First in the UK to use radio frequency waves to unblock child's artery.
1997 First procedure of its type in the world
Dr Neil Wilson used a diamond-tipped catheter drill to unblock an obstructed artery in 18 months old Lisa McLean's lung.
1998 50th Anniversary of the NHS
1998 New drug helps treat children with Cerebral Palsy
A drug, produced from the potentially deadly Botulism virus, is being used at YH to help treat children with cerebral palsy. It helps to improve muscle control and walking
1999 NHS Trusts replaced by Divisions
1999

New Dialysis Unit at the IRH
Opened by Princess Alexandra on the 2nd August, the new unit provided treatment for 6 patients simultaneously and meant that local patients no longer had to travel to Glasgow Hospitals.

< 1960-70s | 2000+ >

1980 - 1990s