Royal Edinburgh Hospital Campus Initial Agreement

The redevelopment of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital (REH) campus has taken a major step forward with the approval of the Initial Agreement.  The formal approval, given by the Scottish Government’s Capital Investment Group, now paves the way for work to begin on the Outline Business Case (OBC) – a crucial stage in the process.

The OBC will focus on Phase One of the project which will cover the adult acute mental health inpatient service and the Intensive Psychiatric Care Service (IPCU).

David Small, Chair REH Stakeholder Board, NHS Lothian, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have got to this exciting stage, which is down to a lot of hard work by our staff and members of the project’s Stakeholder Board.  The project aims to deliver the latest, modern inpatient accommodation providing high quality patient care. Work on the Outline Business Case begins immediately and will continue for several months.  It will also include drawing up a master plan for the whole site.”
Dick Fitzpatrick, Project Manager for the REH redevelopment, NHS Lothian, said:  “I am extremely pleased to have reached this important milestone in the redevelopment of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital Campus.  I am also pleased that this will be one of the first major projects to be supported by the Ready for Business consortium through the Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers programme.  This aims to help us explore and maximise opportunities to deliver community benefits.”

The Royal Edinburgh Hospital will be redeveloped on its existing site over the next 10 years and planned to be undertaken in phased stages, beginning with Phase One.  The redevelopment will also consider the inclusion of potential services on other hospital sites such as Astley Ainslie Hospital.

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Notes to editors

The Royal Edinburgh Hospital provides acute psychiatric and mental health services, including treatment for learning disabilities and dementia. Its specialist services include centres for the treatment of eating disorders, alcohol problems and young people’s mental health.

The hospital provides a service to 620,000 people in Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian and is part of NHS Lothian’s University Hospitals Division.

The Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers programme is being delivered by Ready for Business, a third sector led consortium comprised of social enterprises and leading private sector organisations.



05/04/2012