Sir Chris backs sick kids’ clinic

Triple Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy has opened a new research unit at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Chris Hoy meets some of the volunteers and nursing staff at the research unit.

The facility will accelerate work to improve treatment for children with leukaemia, asthma, cystic fibrosis and other conditions.

At the opening, Sir Chris Hoy met children who take part in research run by the University at the hospital.

World class research

On the new facility, Sir Chris said: "The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh has a strong reputation for providing world class paediatric care and research.

"This new unit will help deliver the kind of breakthroughs that will make a massive difference to lives of children and families now and in the future."

Child-friendly environment

The new facility has been made possible thanks to donations from the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian’s Research and Development Fund.

The purpose-built suite of clinical rooms will ensure that children taking part in trials are seen in a welcoming, child-friendly environment.

Clinical research is pivotal for advancing the way we treat patients and manage diseases. This unit will bring together all research projects involving children, in a dedicated area, with experienced staff and state of the art equipment, in a children’s hospital environment.

Professor Robert MinnsDepartment of Child Life and Health