NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) Chairman, Andrew Robertson has today (7 November 2012) cut the first turf of a new £10.7 million development on the Leverndale Hospital site.
The new development will see the construction of a new mother and baby ward and two new 24 bedded mental health wards further modernising the provision of inpatient psychiatric care at Leverndale Hospital.
The new mother and baby unit will be a six bedded unit which will provide treatment for new mothers suffering severe mental illness following the birth of their baby. It will replace the existing facility which is currently provided in a vicitorian building on the Southern General campus.
Both the mother and baby unit and two new mental health wards will provide single room accommodation with good therapeutic space. The design is a modern development which seeks to reduce stigma and also to provide environmental space, including external gardens and green environments.
Andrew Robertson, Chairman, NHSGGC, said: “I am honoured to officially mark the beginning of construction for this impressive new facility which will bring state-of-the-art healthcare to the local community.
“This development marks another significant step forward in the modernisation of mental health provision in Glasgow and Clyde.”
Calum MacLeod, Head of Mental Health, NHSGGC added: “This is a substantial project which is expected to begin next month with completion mid August 2013.
“The design of this project has involved both of clinical staff and facilities staff and everyone is excited about the development. It has taken some years to get to this stage but when the project is complete it will bring the inpatient service in the South Glasgow onto one site providing closer working relationships and a better quality of environment.”
The project has been procured through Framework Scotland with RD Health appointed as Principle Supply Chain Partner and the construction being carried out by Robertson Central Construction.
Regional Managing Director for Robertson, Martin Smith, said: “This is an essential project that will literally transform lives.
“It is Robertson’s ambition not simply to deliver world-class health facilities, but to do so considerately and in a way that respects the community. We will be bringing all our experience to the project to ensure we provide an innovative 21st century facility.”
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Pic: NHSGGC Chairman, Andrew Robertson, Martin Smith, Regional Director, Robertson Construction and NHS staff involved with the project.