Midlothian Community Hospital celebrates official opening

The official opening of the state-of-the-art Midlothian Community Hospital took place on Monday 26 September 2011. Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon, was on hand to unveil a plaque to formally open the facility, in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian.

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

David Small, General Manager, East and Midlothian Community Health Partnerships, said:

“This modern development provides twenty-first century accommodation for the local community with outpatient clinics and healthcare services on their doorstep.
“I am delighted that the new hospital offers a first class service to patients and I’m confident that patients, their relatives and friends will enjoy the many benefits that this new, modern facility has to offer. 

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon said:

“I am delighted to be here to open this new £18 million community hospital. A key feature of NHS Lothian’s programme to overhaul and modernise hospitals throughout the Lothians, this facility provides accommodation that will ensure vulnerable patients benefit from a modern fit for purpose facility.
“This new health centre will not only signal a new era in patient care and comfort with well equipped wards, treatment areas, consulting rooms and waiting areas I fully believe it will improve day to day working conditions for staff allowing them deliver first class care in a first class environment.”

Sue Edmond, Vice Chair for the Public Partnership Forum for Health, said:

“The forum welcomed the opportunity which allowed public members to be involved along side the project team to influence the design of the building.
“With the patients and staff now having had a period to adjust to their new improved environment and facilities, the Public Partnership Forum looks forward to hearing about proposals to further develop services which could be offered on site.”

Bill Robertson, Executive Chairman, Robertson, said:

“I am pleased to be here today marking another major milestone for Midlothian Community Hospital, after completing the building five weeks ahead of schedule.
“It’s a state of the art facility enabling the delivery of high-quality modern healthcare services for the people of Midlothian.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with NHS Lothian over the next 30 years through the provision of facilities management services.”

Cllr Derek Milligan, Leader, Midlothian Council, said:

“I am glad to be here at the official opening of this impressive hospital, which marks the end of a long road to replace the Loanhead and Rosslynlee facilities.  This has been a great example of our work in partnership with the NHS, where we helped identify the site and get it open, and it's the latest in new healthcare investment in Midlothian worth well over £21.5m in the last ten years.  
“This includes the new Midlothian Community Hospital, the Dalkeith Health Centre, work at the Penicuik Health Centre, work at Roslin Medical Practice, Bonnyrigg Medical Centre, Eastfield Medical Centre and Newbattle Medical Centre.  We're looking forward to working with NHS Lothian on our next set of priority improvements to health centres and clinics in Midlothian.”