New Royal Victoria Building Moves Forward

Plans for new medical services for the elderly, currently provided at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Edinburgh are moving forward. A twelve week public consultation on the planned new building is starting this week. The services for people aged over 65 are planned to move to a brand new building at the Western General Hospital.

Two public information events are scheduled to take place in the local community on 17 July and 7 August at St Stephen’s Church Hall, Fettes Avenue, Edinburgh. Members of the local community will be able to view proposed plans and will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss details with NHS Lothian’s project team and architects.

The public consultation period will also involve engaging with local community groups, including older people’s groups, community councils and the Patient Focus, Public Involvement reference group.

Jackie Sansbury, Director, Strategic Planning and Modernisation, NHS Lothian said:

“A great deal of work has already gone into getting to this stage and we are delighted to be able to provide the latest information to the local community. We hope people will come along to find out more about the planned new building and have any queries they may have about the proposals answered.”

The proposals also include redeveloping an existing car park site situated close to Crewe Road South for patients and visitors to the new Royal Victoria Building.

Services at the new Royal Victoria Building will include medical inpatient and outpatient services and a medical day hospital.

The project is expected to be completed in 2012.