£27m refurbishment of Western General Hospital set to begin

Cancer centre improvements and new renal dialysis unit to be built by Robertson

Robertson has been commissioned to lead a significant programme of refurbishment at one of Edinburgh’s biggest hospitals.

The company will redevelop areas within the Western General Hospital for NHS Lothian following the appointment of RMF Health – a consortium consisting of Robertson and FES.

The work will see the team refurbish and extend the haematology and oncology departments within the hospital as part of the Cancer Centre Enabling Project. A new renal unit will also be created.

The £27m project is due to begin shortly, with the project set for completion in the second quarter of 2021.

Anna Daley, framework manager for RMF Health, said: “Robertson has a great deal of experience in the healthcare sector, from delivering a new hospital in Orkney, to creating the Stirling Health and Care Village. That expertise will be relied upon to deliver a best-in-class project at the Western General Hospital, one which will lead to significant benefits to staff and patients alike.”

The refurbishment at Western General Hospital coincides with its 150th anniversary, with NHS Lothian committed to enhancing the facility.

The hospital provides a comprehensive range of general and specialist services, and is home to the regional centre for cancer for the South East of Scotland along with a range of other tertiary services including the UK’s largest colorectal surgery services.

Chris Stirling, site director for the Western General Hospital, said: “We are excited to be moving forward with these projects to improve the physical environment for our patients to enhance their treatment.

“NHS Lothian has committed to the long-term future of the cancer centre on the Western General Hospital and the works to refurbish oncology and haematology services, along with creating a new renal dialysis unit, will give our patients and staff the clinical space they deserve.

“It is fitting that we are celebrating our 150th anniversary at the Western General site and working to continue to make improvements for the future.”

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