New resuscitation unit opens at King’s College Hospital
30 December 2011 -
King’s College Hospital has officially opened its expanded resuscitation area and named it after Dr Ed Glucksman, one of its longest serving doctors.
The new unit is the largest in the UK. It has ten beds, expanded from five, meaning King’s is better placed to treat patients presenting with life-threatening illnesses and injuries.
The unit is located within the hospital’s Emergency Department and is central to King’s status as a Major Trauma Centre for London, with patients from all over London regularly urgently transferred to us by road or air ambulance for treatment following road traffic collisions, assaults and falls. The unit will also treat patients that have had a stroke, as King’s is a Hyper Acute Stroke Unit.
The new unit was opened on Tuesday 20 December by Tessa Jowell MP, and dedicated to Dr Ed Glucksman, who has been a Consultant at King’s for 30 years and is currently Clinical Director for the Division of Trauma, Emergency and Acute Medicine at the Trust.
Dr Glucksman was the first consultant to be appointed as an Emergency Department specialist at King’s in 1981, and has helped to develop Emergency Medicine services and training, not just at King’s, but throughout the UK and abroad.
Tim Smart, Chief Executive at King’s, said:
“Ed’s level of dedication and commitment to King’s - and our patients - is inspiring. Throughout his many years at King’s, he has made an outstanding contribution, locally, nationally and indeed internationally, and influenced all those who have come into contact with him. The Ed Glucksman Unit is a fitting tribute to an excellent doctor and a great man”
The Emergency Department at King’s now treats over 120,000 patients every year, and is the home of Channel 4’s documentary series ’24 Hours in A&E’.