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Iconic New SGH Takes Another Step Forward

October 26, 2010 2:16 PM

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The building of the new South Glasgow Hospital took a major step forward today when the Board of NHSGGC unanimously agreed the Full Business Case.

The project will be the largest single NHS hospital build project ever undertaken in Scotland and will cost in excess of £840million in total.

At the Board meeting today members heard that once completed the new hospital campus will generate annual operational savings of around £18million, thereby the project will ultimately pay for itself in the long term.

The annual savings will be generated as a result of the significant new and efficient ways of working that the new hospitals will allow and the fact that the board will not be operating a number of older hospital buildings which are no longer fit for purpose.

The design plans for the complex will see a brand new 14-floor adult hospital with 1109 beds in single rooms with en suite. A brand new children’s hospital will have 256 beds over five storeys with a mix of four-bedded and single-bedded accommodation.

Both hospitals will be interlinked to each other and to a brand new laboratory offering round the clock support, the construction of which is already underway. The new children’s hospital will also be linked to the redeveloped £28million maternity wing which ensuring the new campus provides the gold standard in patient care.

Robert Calderwood, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted that the Board have unanimously agreed the Full Business Case. This project will see us complete a programme of investment of more than £1.5 billion in modern healthcare accommodation across both acute and mental health facilities. Taken together these major strides forward, with the new South Glasgow Hospital at the centre, we will have the tools for the delivery of sustainable, high quality, cost effective healthcare for NHSGGC residents.”

Non-executive Board Member Barry Williamson, said: “There is huge clinical support for the project. This is going to be a major centre of excellence and will turn Glasgow and indeed Scotland into a world class centre for medicine and surgery.”

The project was also described by NHSGGC Medical Director, Dr Brian Cowan, as ‘One of the most significant achievements by any health Board in Scotland in the past 30 years’.

The Full Business Case will now be submitted to the Capital Investment Group of the Scottish Government Health Department for approval and ratification.

If approval is received NHSGGC aims to begin construction on the new hospitals at the end of November 2010.

Brookfield Europe has already been named as contractor for the project for their inspiring design.


For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

Latest artist impressions of the new hospital are available on request from the Press Office.

Note to Editors

• The footprint of the development area will be the equivalent of more than 11 football pitches.

• 1109 beds in the adult hospital – with all general acute wards with 100 per cent single en-suite rooms with a view.

• 256 beds in the new children’s hospital over five floors with overnight accommodation for a parent or guardian at every bedside (with the exception of intensive care.)

• There will be around 2000 beds on the site including new adults and children’s hospital together with maternity beds, Neurosciences Unit beds and Langlands building providing care for older patients.

• The project includes a new laboratory to serve the whole of the south of the city. The new ‘super’ lab will cover approximately 25,000 square meters and will link to the main hospital via a subterranean tunnel.

February 2010 Construction starts on the New Laboratory Development
March 2012 Completion of New Laboratory Development
October 2010 Submission of Full Business case for New Adult and Children’s Hospitals
November 2010 Construction anticipated to start on New Adult and Children’s Hospitals
January 2015 Construction completion of New Adult and Children’s Hospitals
Summer 2015 New Adult and Children’s Hospitals become operational

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