“Resuscitation and reanimation of the pediatric critical care patient represents in a real sense the resuscitation and reanimation of the potential not only of a given critically ill child but also of humankind itself.” From Chapter 1, The Pediatric Critical Care Patient by Jerry J. Zimmerman, Pediatric Critical Care, 2nd Edition (Bradley P.Fuhrman & Jerry J. Zimmerman)
In Scotland, paediatric intensive care service is commissioned by the National Services Division (NSD-NHS Scotland) and was designated a national service in April 2007. There are 2 PICUs providing paediatric critical care service in Scotland-at the Royal Hospitals for Sick Children (RHSC) in Edinburgh and Glasgow.Know More...
The Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) is a 141-bedded hospital and is the main paediatric teaching hospital for the South-East of Scotland and is a tertiary referral centre for intensive care patients: gastroenterology, hepatology & nutrition; respiratory medicine; cardiology; nephrology; neurology; oncology; haematology; neonatal surgery; plastic surgery; orthopaedic surgery; urological surgery and general surgery.
The Edinburgh PICU (EPIC unit) has 10 paediatric intensive beds, 10 high dependency beds and 4 neonatal surgical cots and admits about 600 critically unwell children from across Scotland each year.
Here we will post information about our Critical Care Service for health professionals, and patients/ parents and relatives of our patients. The aim is to give visitors a good idea about who we are and what we do in the PICU. There are photographs and names of staff members so you will find familiar faces when you visit the unit. In 2020 we hope to move to our exciting new purpose built premises for Children and Young People at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh site, at Little France. We are just getting up and running with our website, so please check back regularly for updated content, we are also on Twitter- @EPIC_Scot