Hospital-watchers all over the world are being offered the chance to keep a virtual eye on the construction of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s new Victoria and Stobhill Hospitals, as webcams are switched on at the respective building sites.
Cutting-edge technology has allowed a tiny camera to be mounted on each construction site, giving the chance to monitor the progress of both £100 million state-of-the art new hospitals.
Anyone who has access to the internet can keep a close eye on the progress of the hospitals via their dedicated webpages.
Director of Facilities Alex McIntyre says it’s a practical innovation: “Throughout the design and building process for both new hospitals we’re making the best possible use of new technology, and the webcam is just another example of that.
“Being able to monitor their progress from the comfort of your own home is a great development.
“These hospitals are in the heart of the community so it’s only right that the building process is open and transparent as it can possibly be.”
As well as the webcam and other pictures, the site provides a timetable of how work is progressing, an FAQ on the new hospitals, information on transport plans, the chance to order a free DVD on the new hospitals, and the chance to buy a book of their histories.
They will be two of the largest hospitals in Scotland and each are expected to treat approximately 400,000 patients each year.
When the Victoria is completed by 2009, it will feature a wide range of specialities and will deliver chemotherapy and renal dialysis on the South Side for the first time.
It is being built on a site directly across the road from the existing hospital, and will have a secure underground car park and cover three floors, taking up more than 30,000 square metres of space.
The new Stobhill, due to open in 2009, will cover four floors and an area the size of 30,000 square metres.
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 hospital procedures offered within the new hospital.
This will mean that more than 2000 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.
Mr McIntyre added: “The new hospitals are going to be the most modern and well-equipped anywhere in Scotland, and making use of the webcam technology is another example of that.
“I hope that local people and even those who live on the other side of the world will keep up to date with their progress.”
Both new hospitals are at the heart of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s ambitious plans to modernise healthcare facilities across the city.
They represent a significant investment in NHS services and will also provide a major boost to the local economies with hundreds of new construction jobs created during the build period.
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.