Royal Victoria Building Open Day

An open day will be held this weekend to give locals, patients and relatives the chance to look around the new Royal Victoria Building.

The event will allow interested people the chance to see the state-of-the-art facility, in Edinburgh, before it swings into operation.

The RVB, which has been built on the Western General Hospital site, has been designed to provide the highest quality healthcare services in a modern setting for older people, dermatology and rheumatology patients.

It will become a landmark in healthcare history when it opens, as the first of its kind in Scotland to 100 per cent single en-suite rooms.

Dave King, project director, along with the rest of the team, will be on hand to take guided tours of the building and point out some of the innovative features and designs.

He said:

“We are really proud of this facility and we are looking forward to taking people around the building and letting them see it for themselves.
“The open day will give our neighbours, locals, patients and relatives the chance to see the future of healthcare services for the elderly in Scotland.”

The event will take place on Saturday 26th May 2012 from 1pm-4pm.

It comes after the recent handover ceremony from the contractor to NHS Lothian.

Chairman of NHS Lothian Dr Charles Winstanley, along with children from nearby St David’s Primary School, sunk a time capsule in the grounds of the new facility to mark the occasion.

The new Royal Victoria Building was commissioned following a review of older people’s services in January 2002 and an extensive public consultation two years later.

Approval was granted in early 2010 for medical services for patients over 65 years of age to be moved and provided in a new facility.