One of the biggest ever investments in the health of future generations of Glaswegians has been given the green light, after Glasgow City Council gave the go-ahead to the new Victoria Hospital.
The planning application to allow construction of the new hospital to begin has this afternoon been approved by the Council's Planning Committee. This pivotal step allows building work to begin later this year on the £100 million project.
When work is completed, the new hospital will be one of the largest anywhere in Scotland. It will cover an impressive three floors in an area of more than 30,000 square metres and will treat around 400,000 patients every year. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Medical Director Dr Brian Cowan says today marks a major step forward: "Today's decision is wonderful and allows us to get started in earnest in delivering this landmark new hospital for the South Side.
"And this isn't just about a new building, but about providing services for local people in the heart of the South Side that previously they'd have had to travel elsewhere to receive."
The hospital will bring a revolutionary new approach to meeting patients' needs and everything from one-off investigations to ongoing appointments will be provided on-site, totally changing the patient experience for the better.
The new hospital will also have 12 overnight beds allowing even more patients to have surgery locally.
Project Manager for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Alex McIntyre, is confident the new hospital will be one of the most modern in Scotland. He added: "The new Victoria will have modern treatment rooms, state-of-the-art imaging, advanced day surgery theatres, fresh, comfortable waiting areas and an added bonus of a secure underground car park making life easier for patients.
"This project is a key component of the overall modernisation of Glasgow's acute hospitals that will see investments totalling over £750m in the next six years."
Construction of the new hospital is expected to begin mid-autumn 2006, to be completed by late 2008.
Notes to Editors
Some of the services the new Victoria Hospital will provide include:
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For further information please contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.