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GOVAN TO GET STATE-OF-THE-ART HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

July 07, 2006 12:05 AM

More than 50 per cent of patients treated at Glasgow's new southside hospital will be nursed in individual rooms.

This is just one of the reasons Glasgow's new southside hospital will give patients a better experience of the NHS and will lead the way in NHS facilities for the future.

It is one of the biggest hospital construction projects the NHS in the UK has been involved, with approximately £550m being spent on the existing hospital site.

Some of the current buildings will remain including a number of specialist areas such as the Neurosciences wing and the Spinal Injury Unit

The existing maternity unit will also remain, but will undergo a transforming £8m upgrade and re-design which will start later this year. The unit will be designed to meet the challenges of leading-edge, clinical care in a safe child and family-friendly environment.

The upgrade will also include the ability to integrate with the new £100m children's hospital being built on the site by 2011.

Roads will be re-aligned, new car parks created, even the Helipad will move! One constant will be the famous clock tower – a listed building that is recognised as a SGH landmark and will continue to be so in the new era that is about to arrive.

Alan Seabourne, Project Director recognises the enormous challenge ahead but knows the final campus will be one of the most modern facilities in the UK.

He said:"The engineering, construction and design aspects are immense and one of the major challenges for the 7,000 staff is to keep delivering services whilst the construction work is taking place over the next six years.

"Our intention is make sure both staff and patients are kept fully informed as developments progress with information being available through the NHS website and future editions of the Health News."

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