Royal Victoria Building gets final go-ahead

Work will begin on the new £43.6m Royal Victoria Building after it was given the final go-ahead by the Scottish Government.New Royal Victoria Building - Artists Impression

The new facility, which has been designed specially to meet the needs of elderly, rheumatology, and dermatology patients, will be created after funding was approved.

The purpose built facility will provide the highest quality healthcare services in a modern setting and will be the first of its kind to consist of 100 per cent single rooms to promote privacy and dignity.

It means that NHS Lothian's vision for the future of elderly care services will now become a reality.

Jackie Sansbury, Director of Strategic Planning and Modernisation, said:

 "We are delighted that the final stage of planning has now been completed and we can start building this state-of-the-art facility for patients in NHS Lothian."

The RVB will be built on the former Paderewski Building in the grounds of the Western General Hospital.

It will provide services for patients aged 65 and over, rheumatology and dermatology patients. It will also include in-patient services as well as the medical day hospital.

The Paderewski building has been demolished to make way for the new era in healthcare after staff and patients recently said a fond farewell.

Bulldozers moved on to the site, along with water jets to reduce dust, to bring down the building which became home to the Polish School of Medicine in 1941 for eight years until 1949.

A brand new car park designed to provide extra spaces on the Western General Hospital site has also been created behind the old building.

The double deck car park, which sits opposite the former car park one, has more than 200 spaces for visitors and patients, which will all be used free of charge.

It sits beside the Anne Ferguson building and visitors arriving by car will be able to use the most convenient areas, including the new car park.

The RVB is due to be completed in 2012 after it was given the green light by the Scottish Government's Capital Investment Group (CIG), which gives final approval on major projects for the NHS north of the Border.