Glasgow residents are to get their first glimpse inside the new Stobhill and Victoria Hospitals more than fourteen months before the two £100 million facilities open for business.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has commissioned virtual tours of both hospitals to give patients and staff an opportunity to see inside long before they are able to physically set foot in them.
The virtual tours will cover eight specific areas within each hospital including the main entrances, the Minor Injuries Units, outpatient waiting areas and the renal dialysis departments.
Regular updates will show how the interior work is progressing and will mark key milestones in the projects including equipment and artwork installation and completion of décor and finishings.
Alex McIntyre, Project Director for the new Stobhill and Victoria Hospitals, is the man behind the virtual tours. He said: "With the exterior of both hospitals at such an advanced stage, people are now able to see for themselves how important and significant these hospitals will be.
"Attention is now, rightly, switching to what's going on inside the hospitals. The hospitals remain major construction sites and health and safety considerations prevent us from opening it up at this stage for public tours. So we've done the next best thing and created virtual tours that will give the public - and all our staff - a good insight into how the hospitals are developing."
The new Stobhill and Victoria 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 specialties 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.
Alex continued: "A key element of the design brief for the hospitals was to incorporate as much natural light as possible. Over the next few months people will be able to see for themselves how we are achieving this and creating facilities that they can be truly proud of."
Note to editors
1. To see the new virtual tours go to www.nhsggc.org.uk/newvictoriahospital or www.nhsggc.org.uk/newstobhillhospital and click on "See the new hospital being built".