A major milestone in the construction of the new £100million Stobhill Hospital was marked today at a special ceremony performed by Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon.
The Topping Out Ceremony, which celebrated the completion of construction of the hospital structure, saw the Cabinet Secretary ‘trowel off’ the final area of concrete on the build.
And in keeping with tradition, the construction workforce was toasted with a noggin of ale for a job well done.
The state-of-the-art new Stobhill will be one of the largest hospitals in Scotland covering four floors and an area the size of 30,000 square metres – the equivalent of five football pitches.
It is expected to treat around 400,000 patients each year when it opens in 2009.
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon said:” I am honoured to undertake the topping out ceremony for this impressive new facility.
“The new Stobhill Hospital will be one of the most modern and well equipped hospitals in the country and will be a model for future hospital planning. It signals a new era in patient care and comfort with well equipped treatment areas and consulting rooms, state-of-the art theatres and modern, airy waiting areas.
“It is without doubt that this development marks a significant step forward in the modernisation of the NHS in Scotland.”
In addition to the existing outpatient clinics, day surgery and diagnostic services, the new Stobhill Hospital will also provide a number of specialist health services such as cardiology, renal dialysis and gynaecology. It will also have 12 short stay surgical beds, to enable clinicians to extend the range of surgical procedures offered within the new hospital. This will mean that more than 2,000 patients per year, who would otherwise have had to travel to other hospitals in the city, will now be able to have their treatment at the new Stobhill.
The new Stobhill hospital will also include a Minor Injuries Unit which will be open between 9.00am and 9.00pm seven days a week and will be staffed by Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs).
The advantage for patients of this service are that, unlike a traditional casualty unit, they won’t have to wait for hours whilst serious emergency cases are given priority but will receive rapid treatment of their minor injury.
The new hospital will provide an attractive and welcoming environment for patients and visitors with light, airy public spaces, comfortable waiting areas and fresh, modern consulting rooms.
Professor Sir John Arbuthnott, Chair of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “The development of the new Stobhill Hospital is at the heart of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s ambitious plans to modernise healthcare facilities across the city. It represents a significant investment in NHS services and has already provided a major boost to the local economy with a large number of construction jobs created during the build period.
“The enormous scale of the hospital is now evident and I am sure that patients and visitors to Stobhill are excited as I am at the prospect of what this massively important hospital will be able to deliver locally.”
Mike Kidd, Operations Director, Balfour Beatty, the main contractor for the new hospital, said: "We are delighted to be associated with this prestigious and extremely important development. Balfour Beatty is proud of its reputation for the successful delivery of major healthcare facilities across the country and this is the third such project that we will have undertaken with Canmore."
Notes to Editors:
Photographs of the Topping Out Ceremony and the latest computer generated images of the new Stobhill Hospital are available from the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde press office on 0141 201 4429.
Other key developments that will be built on the Stobhill site include a new Marie Curie Hospice and Skye House (the new inpatient mental health service for young people). The Rowanbank Clinic (the new secure care centre) was officially opened earlier this year.
Some of the services the new Stobhill Hospital will provide include:
Speech and Language Therapy
Ear, Nose and Throat
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