‘End of an era’ as Sick Kids Hospital closes

Friday 21st June 2019

Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children is preparing to close its doors and move to a new site after more than 150 years of caring for children and their families.

It will move from its location next to the meadows to a new site in a new BioQuarter alongside the Royal Infirmary in Little France.

Staff gathered outside the Sick Kids for a farewell photo to mark the ‘end of an era’.

Tobias Tipper, a manager at the hospital who organised the snap, said: “It’s really important to celebrate the legacy of the sick kids before we begin a new chapter in the new hospital.

“We are delighted that the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, has offered to facilitate a drone operator to capture this moment from the sky.

“To be involved in this once in a lifetime moment is monumental, it’s pretty unique. 

“Now we can’t wait to move in to our new building and start making memories for thousands more families in the years to come.”

Beginning with the children’s emergency department, services at the old site have been moved over to the new £150m development over the course of this month.

Inpatients will be transferred with the help of the Scottish Ambulance Service.