New Midlothian Community Hospital Opens Early

Midlothian Community Hospital, the first new hospital in Lothian providing single, en-suite rooms, is open and fully operational from (Monday, 13 September 2010) six weeks ahead of schedule.

The £18 million, two-storey development will provide 88 beds - 40 frail elderly continuing care beds and 48 frail elderly mental health beds. These will include 24 assessment beds for older people with mental health problems and 24 continuing care beds for older people with mental health problems.

Gerry Power, General Manager, East and Midlothian Community Health Partnerships, NHS Lothian said:

 "I am absolutely delighted that the hospital is ready and that we can provide a first-class service to patients several weeks early. I am confident that patients and their relatives and friends will enjoy the many benefits that a new, modern facility can offer. The local community will also enjoy the many benefits of having a range of outpatient clinics and healthcare services on their doorstep.

Midlothian Council Leader Cllr Derek Milligan said:

"We are delighted Midlothian residents will benefit from these state-of-the-art facilities that will replace older hospitals such as Loanhead Hospital. The hospital will be much more accessible to the local community as it is centrally located with good transport links."

Helen Ogilvie, Loanesk Ward Charge Nurse said:

 "Patients and staff are delighted to be in and settled and we are all enjoying the new, bright environment. Patients are also enjoying having their own personal space and are able to take advantage of the open sitting areas and open air terrace, providing a very homely experience."

Jane Sommerville, (97), one of the first patients to move into the new hospital said:

 "I have been so looking forward to moving and really like having a room to myself. It is nice to have my own space and my own things in my very own room."

Midlothian Community Hospital was delivered by the Stirling based infrastructure, construction and support services group Robertson.

Robertson Executive Chairman, Bill Robertson, said:

 "We have been involved with this healthcare development since its inception, and it's great to be in a position to hand over this new community facility to our partners at NHS Lothian ahead of programme. This will be a first-rate hospital for the people of Midlothian."

The new community hospital will also include a day hospital for older people with mental health problems, a dedicated physiotherapy and occupational therapy service, an out-patient department, including x-ray service, child health clinics, and a range of other health services.

Additional features include recreational areas for patients, including therapeutic gardens and courtyards and a west facing terrace.

The Out-of-Hours service which provides medical care when GP surgeries are closed in the evenings and weekends, have been operating from the hospital since last week (7 September).