The new £150 million co-located building will see services from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service brought together in a modern and high-quality setting at Little France. The new building, which will adjoin the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, is anticipated to open in autumn 2017.
The six storey building (including basement) will have a large atrium with a shop and cafe, a stunning skylight linking both hospital entrances, a helipad on the roof and a link building adjoining adult and paediatric emergency departments.
It will also bring with it an increase in single rooms with ensuite facilities and a range of new technology.
The new hospital will have a total of 233 beds and 10 theatres. 11 neurology beds will be added to the critical care department within the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh as part of the project.
Health Secretary, Shona Robison, said: “This is a momentous date for this project and I’m personally very pleased that work will soon be about to begin on the new co-located Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences.
“The new development brings paediatric care, specialist neonatal care, neurosciences and adult and children’s emergency departments all together in one place, making access to services much easier for patients and health professionals alike.
“The Scottish Government is investing over £2 billion in Scotland’s health infrastructure over the spending review period, with this development being one of many that demonstrate the Scottish Government’s commitment to continually improving health services. The investment in this development will ensure the hospital campus at Little France can continue to develop as a modern hub of research and medical practice.”
Susan Goldsmith, Finance Director, NHS Lothian said: “We are delighted to have reached this point and now look forward with anticipation to seeing the new facility taking shape over the coming years.
“This is an extremely exciting time in the proud history of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, along with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Department of Clinical Neurosciences, which will find a high-quality new home at Little France from 2017.
“The building designs have been heavily influenced by staff, patients and families and, in addition to offering a modern, light and spacious environment, will also enhance the clinical services we deliver.”
Mark Bradshaw, IHS Lothian and Macquarie Capital said: “We are excited that construction will soon start on The Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences. This state of the art facility will allow the delivery of quality healthcare services to the people of the Lothian region and beyond for decades to come.
“It has been a pleasure to partner with the NHS Lothian Board and the Scottish Futures Trust to develop an innovative and competitive financing structure that will ensure value for money over the next 25 years.”
Peter Reekie, Scottish Future Trust, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Investments added: “This is a fantastic deal for NHS Lothian and its partners, bringing investment into the Lothians and allowing construction to start on a great new building which will support many hundreds of jobs as it is built.”
Two young patients recently marked the start of construction. Brother and sister, Beau Rendall (age 11) and Jos Rendall (age 9) from Edinburgh joined their mum, Tracy Rendall in cutting the first turf at the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences.
Beau said: “The nurses and doctors at the hospital are great and I’m really excited to see what the new hospital will look like inside when it’s built. The pictures of it look really good.”
Jos added: “I’m very excited and can’t wait to see the new hospital being built. I think it looks brilliant and it will make a big difference to all the boys and girls who use it.”
Brian Houston, Chair, NHS Lothian said: “The start of this work is the culmination of many years of hard work and determination. We look forward with a great deal of excitement to seeing this new development taking shape over the coming years.
“The new building will bring many benefits for our patients, their families and our staff, not least a purpose-built facility designed to meet their needs.
“Throughout the extensive planning and design process we have taken into account what really matters to people, and with the invaluable input of patients and their families, our charity partners and staff we will have a building we can be proud of.”