City planners have given the go-ahead for a major £28m plan to extend and upgrade the maternity unit on the Southern General Hospital site. Glasgow City
Council has approved NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's (NHSGGC) plans to redevelop the unit, marking the latest milestone in an ambitious programme to improve services for mothers and babies across the city.
The plans, which are now being submitted to the Scottish Government for final approval, include a major new three-storey extension that will significantly increase existing capacity and create links with the planned new children's hospital. Building work on the new extension is expected to start in April 2008 and construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2009.
This will enable the Unit to become one of the two maternity hospitals serving the city, alongside the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital.
NHSGGC today also unveiled new images of what the redeveloped Southern General maternity hospital will look like. These first glimpses reveal a state-of-the-art facility for mothers and babies. Among its world-class facilities will be a brand-new foetal medicine department providing specialist diagnostic facilities and treatment to unborn babies from across Scotland. The hospital will also be a national centre for certain specialist services for newborn babies and provide state-of-the-art intensive care services.
Other key features include a new labour suite and two new obstetric theatres. Existing facilities will also be completely refurbished to provide modern, attractive accommodation for day care, assessment and early pregnancy advisory services.
Rosslyn Crocket, NHSGGC's Director of Women's and Children's Services, said: "This planning approval not only gives the green light for a state-of-the-art facility for mothers and babies in Glasgow, but also the creation of a national centre which will treat women and babies from across Scotland.
"Clinical staff from all the relevant specialties have been closely involved in developing the plans over the last few years and we are confident that these new arrangements will deliver the best possible care for mothers and babies."
The approved plan will increase existing capacity and it is expected that around 5,200 babies will be born at the redeveloped Southern General Maternity Hospital every year, with 78 beds for women and up to 60 cots for babies.
An extensive range of new services can also be offered to women and babies.
Rosslyn Crocket added: "The Southern General Maternity Hospital will have close links with the neighbouring planned new children's hospital and the site will become a national centre for certain specialist services for newborn babies.
Medical and surgical intensive care services for babies will be brought together in the same building; key services for children, adults and maternity services will be provided on the same site and existing facilities will be completely refurbished to provide modern, attractive accommodation.
"Redeveloping and extending what we already have minimises the disruption and allows us to carry on caring for women and children throughout the construction phase. When the upgrade is completed by the end of next year, services will transfer from The Queen Mother's Hospital to the Southern General and the Princess Royal Maternity hospitals. This will allow The Queen Mother's Hospital to close as planned and complete the move from three Glasgow maternity units to two."
Notes for Editors
Collectively, the two Glasgow maternity units are expected to deal with around 12,000 births each year. There is, however, the ability to increase capacity to cope with any future birth rate increase if this becomes necessary.
For images of the Southern General Maternity Hospital, please see
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0141 201 4429.