Redevelopment of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital Moves Ahead

NHS Lothian’s redevelopment of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital (REH) campus took another step forward last week with the submission of Proposals of Application Notice (PANs) to the City of Edinburgh Council on 26 April.

The PANs are a preliminary step prior to the submission of the formal planning application.

The submission includes a PAN for the masterplan for the entire hospital site as well as a PAN for the initial phase one redevelopment.

The application notices will be followed by a public consultation in the next few weeks which will pave the way for the submission of the formal planning permission applications later this year.

The redevelopment of the hospital site will be undertaken in partnership with Hub South East Scotland Ltd.

The REH 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.

David Small, Chair REH Stakeholder Board NHS Lothian, said:  “The Royal Edinburgh Hospital is renowned for its pioneering work and we are delighted, particularly as the hospital celebrates its bicentenary this year, that work is progressing well on redeveloping the site which will bring first-class mental health care facilities for patients and staff.

“Redeveloping the existing hospital site will ensure continuity and consistency of patient care and reinforce the excellent relationships we have with the local community.”

Paul McGirk, Chief Executive of Hub South East Scotland Ltd, said: “We are extremely proud that, by working in partnership with NHS Lothian and its partners across the south east, we will be able to deliver these much needed new and improved patient care facilities. The NHS as well as local people and businesses will directly benefit from this substantial investment happening in their area.”

A spokesman for Morningside Community Council said: “Morningside Community Council is pleased to have the Royal Edinburgh Hospital retained in Morningside.

“Morningsiders have been used for very many years to having some of the REH patients in our community, on our streets and visiting our shops.

“We feel it gives them a degree of normality in their lives while they are in hospital, and are very happy that this relationship will continue."

Phase one of the project will provide a state-of-the-art facility providing services for  the adult acute mental health inpatient service, Intensive Psychiatric Care Service (IPCU), the Robert Fergusson national brain injury unit, mental health rehabilitation and older people’s mental health assessment and treatment services.

The redevelopment is planned to be undertaken in phased stages, beginning with phase one.  The projected timescale for completion of phase one is 2017.  The whole project may take up to ten years.  The redevelopment will also consider the inclusion of potential services on other hospital sites such as Astley Ainslie Hospital.

The initial agreement was formally approval by the Scottish Government’s Capital Investment Group in spring last year.  The initial agreement is a crucial stage in the redevelopment process, allowing work on the outline business case to begin.

The outline business case is expected to be completed next year.