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NHSGG UNVEILS PLANS FOR NEW MENTAL HEALTH HOSPITAL

November 19, 2004 10:15 AM

NHS Greater Glasgow has appointed Robertson Capital Projects to develop a new £19m mental health hospital on the Gartnavel site in Glasgow.

The development of the new hospital, which will replace the existing Gartnavel Royal Hospital, is part of a wider strategy to modernise and improve mental health facilities and services across the city.

The new hospital, which is being designed by macmon architects, will have single rooms for patients, smaller wards, improved clinical and therapeutic areas and better educational facilities. It will provide 117 inpatient beds in 6 separate wards (3 adult wards, 2 elderly wards and 1 intensive psychiatric care unit). All wards will have single bedrooms with en-suite toilet facilities.The hospital's design is based on a ‘hub and spoke' model with administrative, therapy and counselling services based in a two-storey central hub and adult and elderly bed based in single storey wards on either side of the hub. Courtyard spaces, landscaping, natural light and ventilation will be incorporated into the design to create an attractive environment for patients and staff.

Robertson and macmon are working closely with NHSGG staff, technical advisors and patient representatives to finalise the detailed design. Construction work is expected to start in spring 2005 with the aim of having the new hospital operational by late 2006.

The new mental health hospital is part of a wider masterplan for the development of the Gartnavel hospital site which includes plans for a new a new cancer care centre for the west of Scotland (phase 11 of the Beatson oncology centre) and a new acute teaching hospital for west Glasgow.

Roslyn Crocket, Director of Nursing and Mental Health, NHS Greater Glasgow, said: "The development of this new hospital is another milestone in our plans to improve mental health facilities across Greater Glasgow."

Bill Robertson, Executive Chairman of the Robertson Group, said: "Robertson Capital Projects has a strong track record of partnership initiatives with NHS Scotland and we look forward to working with NHS Greater Glasgow on this significant healthcare investment."

For further information contact Elsbeth Campbell on 0141 211 3891.

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