Bone Metabolism Unit


The Bone Metabolism Unit is located on Moy Street and is part of the Western Infirmary. The hutted accommodation for the unit was built over the X-Ray Department and was opened in 1970 by Field Marshal Lord Harding, Chairman of the National Fund for Research in Crippling Diseases.

Graham Wilson, Regius Professor of Practice of Medicine from 1967 to 1977, in association with Roland Barnes, first Professor of Orthopaedics from 1959 to 1972, was granted by the National Fund for Research in Crippling Diseases £50,000 for the building and equipping of the Bone Metabolism Unit. The unit was in the charge of Deryk Smith, a consultant on the staff of the University Department of Medicine. Here long-term studies in bone metabolism were pursued in co-operation with the Departments of Medicine and Radiology.

The Bone Metabolism Unit building comprises different construction phases. The ground level is a combination of two buildings: the School of Massage, Medical Electricity and Remedial Exercises building (later Physiotherapy) built from 1919 to 1921, and the X-Ray Department built in 1930. The small extension attached to the X-Ray Department, used for radium research, was demolished between 1965 and 1975 to ease access to the newly completed Phase I building. The main glass entrance leading to Physiotherapy and the road crossing roof leading to the West Medical Care Centre (former Beatson Oncology Centre) are more recent additions.


Bone Metabolism Unit
Western Infirmary
Record last updated: 5th Aug 2015

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