Health Secretary adds final touches to roof of new £70m East Lothian Community Hospital

Construction of new hospital reaches milestone

Work on the roof was recently completed

Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Shona Robison, marked the progress of work on the new £70m East Lothian Community Hospital by joining guests on the roof of the nearly-complete outpatient department.

The programme of work sees a modern purpose-built hospital developed on the existing Roodlands site in Haddington, helping to improve the quality of care for people in East Lothian.

Robison, said: “This new hospital brings state-of-the-art facilities to East Lothian, allowing many people in the area to be treated closer to home.

“This is an important step forward for the communities in East Lothian and we are a step closer to seeing this new facility become a reality.

“The Scottish Government is investing over £1.2billion on the NHS estate over the next three years.

“Our investment in these new facilities will help us to achieve our ambition of transforming the way health and social care services are delivered, keeping NHS Scotland at the forefront of delivering world-class care.”

David Small, chief officer at East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, added: “The progress to date shows the significant scale of the development and the plans for enhancing more-joined-up health and social care services through the East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership are taking shape.

“The new facilities will see a return of some services to East Lothian with an increase of 60% of inpatient beds. With the help of our patients, this project will allow our staff to continue to provide safe, effective healthcare and rehabilitation.

“Throughout the extensive planning process we listened to what mattered most to people and with the invaluable input of the community, patients and their families, third-sector organisations and staff we will have a facility we can be proud of.”

The redevelopment of the hospital site is being undertaken in partnership with Hub South East Scotland, with Morrison Construction the main contractor.

Paul McGirk, chief executive of Hub South East Scotland, NHS Lothian’s development partner, said: “Having been involved in this project since the early stages as Hub South East helped drive plans for the redevelopment, it’s fantastic to see the progress being made on site.

“This is our largest project to begin construction, and the biggest Hub deal signed so far in Scotland.

“We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with NHS Lothian to ensure that patients will benefit from modern, fit-for-purpose facilities and the community will benefit from investment in the local area.”

Morrison Construction managing director, Eddie Robertson, added: “It is great to see the shell of this major infrastructure project substantially complete, giving people a visible reminder of this much-anticipated community facility.

‘’Progress on the site is continuing to gain momentum with works on the roofing, external walls and the internal fit out all underway.”

Work on site has already delivered a new car park and the outpatient departments should be open as early as next year. Construction work on the remainder of the development will be completed in 2020.

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