What We Do
Ronald McDonald House Glasgow gives families a place to stay while their seriously ill child is in hospital. Children come from all over Scotland and further afield to receive treatment at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow and other West of Scotland hospitals. Many need emergency treatment and can end up very far from home for weeks, months or even years at a time. We help keep families together by providing free, high quality accommodation, only a few minutes walk from the hospital.
The Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow is Scotland’s largest children’s hospital and a centre of excellence for oncology, cardiology, cardiac surgery, renal medicine and bone marrow transplantation. Therefore, children with extremely complex and critical conditions from far and wide are treated there.
Based within the hospital campus, we are open and staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The House has 31 bedrooms, and has an annual average of 500 families per year. Our facilities include private en-suite bedrooms, shared laundry facilities, a library, 3 quiet lounges, a spacious garden and private parking. The large shared kitchen and dining area has an interactive soft play area for small children which is visible from across the room – allowing parents to cook family meals while siblings play. Crucially, every bedroom has a phone that is linked directly to their child’s Ward, so parents can call or be called to the hospital at a moment’s notice, no matter what time of day or night.
We have been providing this support to families for over twenty five years, after opening our doors at Yorkhill in 1996. Since then, we have welcomed over 12,000 families. Running at 95% – 100% capacity every day, the current average length of stay is 36 days, whilst the the longest stay was just over 4 years.
We are proud to provide a homely environment and a safe haven for families to have a bit of ‘normality’ and be able to rest, away from the stress of the hospital.
“Having our own room and knowing we could do everyday things like cook and eat dinner as a family, just being able to come and go as we needed made our unbearable time at hospital that little bit easier.” The Ross Family