Contractor appointed to build new sexual health centre

NHS Lothian has appointed leading Scottish builder Ogilvie Construction to build the new £9m Chalmers Sexual Health Centre.

David Small, general manager, Edinburgh Community Health Partnership (CHP), said:

 "We’re pleased to be able to announce that Ogilvie Construction has been appointed as our construction partner in this new centre.  This is an important development and this appointment allows us to move forward with the construction work.”

Phil McEwan, Managing Director, Ogilvie Construction, said:


“We’re delighted to have been entrusted with the role of delivering this important new facility and to have the opportunity to work with NHS Lothian and the Edinburgh Community Health Partnership ”
The £9m centre will provide a “one-stop shop” for sexual health services, bringing together Family Planning services and Genito-urinary Medicine departments under the same roof.  Both services, currently based in different locations, are also merging in a process known as service integration.


Dr Gordon Scott, lead clinician for service redesign, said:

“Our new one-stop sexual health service will deliver a seamless service for the public, where for example patients attending GUM clinics can receive contraceptive advice during the same consultation.  
“At present, both services are provided from different places, making it less convenient for service users to take advantage of all the sexual health services we provide.”

“Providing a one stop service will also allow healthcare professionals to work more closely together, in line with the Scottish Government’s Scottish Sexual Health Strategy.”

It is set to open in 2011 and will provide care for 50,000 patients a year.

The building work involves the demolition of parts of the rear of the Chalmers hospital in Lauriston and a total refurbishment of the hospital’s interior.  A three storey extension to the south of the site will also be created.

Chalmers Hospital first opened in 1864 and was most recently home to X ray facilities and one of a number of community midwifery units.  NHS Lothian’s Family Planning and Well Woman Service is currently based at Dean Terrace in Stockbridge, while GUM is based at the Lauriston Buildings, near the new Chalmers Sexual Health Service.

Patients have been involved in the design of the new centre and have made a valued contribution to how the new building is laid out internally.