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TuS Health Correspondent: Brian McGowan

From NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde yesterday:

Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI) has celebrated its 225th birthday with the unveiling of a commemorative mural documenting its rich history and positive impact on healthcare.The hospital has been serving the public since 1794 and today symbolises one of the busiest and best equipped healthcare facilities in the country, serving a catchment area of more than 320,000 people.

BBC Scotland, obsessed with infection and dead babies, had no time for this earlier in the year:

The GRI was recognised by Newsweek as one of the top 100 hospitals in the world – the only hospital in Scotland to make the list – and has an international reputation as a teaching hospital and healthcare hub, with more than 1,000 beds.

Over its 225-year existence, GRI has paved the way for numerous medical innovations and historical milestones:

  • Dr Joseph Lister (1827 – 1912): Arguably the GRI’s most famous resident, Lister pioneered the use of antiseptics in the 1860s.
  • Rebecca Strong (1843 – 1944): Developed the first training school for nurses in 1895 which then became the standard across the world.
  • Professor Jackie Taylor: Current consultant geriatrician and the first ever female President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
  • Sir William MacEwan (1848 – 1924): A pioneer in brain surgery and a key player in the development of the ‘Erskine limb’ for amputees.
  • Professor David Wheatley: Performed Scotland’s first cardiac transplant in 1992.