Royal Edinburgh Hospital Marks Major Milestone

A major milestone has been reached for the redevelopment of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital Campus this week, with the submission of the planning application today (9 October 2013).
The submission includes an application for planning permission in principle for the masterplan across the entire hospital site as well as for the initial, 15,400sqm, phase one, redevelopment under a detailed application.
The planning application follows a public consultation which took place in June 2013.
Phase one of the project will provide a £48million state-of-the-art facility providing accommodation for the adult acute mental health inpatient service, Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit (IPCU), the Robert Fergusson national brain injury unit, mental health rehabilitation and older people’s mental health assessment and treatment services.
David Small, Chair of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital Project Board, NHS Lothian, said: “We have worked closely with a number of interested parties, including, staff, patients and members of the local community and a great deal of effort has gone into reaching this momentous stage. We await the outcome with anticipation.
“The public consultation has been extremely helpful in informing us, going forward on key elements of the redevelopment. We have listened to what matters to people and are confident that the plans will deliver an excellent mental health facility that will open a new chapter in the hospital’s proud 200 year history, being celebrated this year.”
The redevelopment of the hospital site will be undertaken in partnership with Hub South East Scotland Ltd.
Paul McGirk, Chief Executive of Hub South East Scotland, said:  “We are delighted with the progress being made on this project. We have worked closely with NHS Lothian throughout the process and the plans developed ensure that patients will benefit from modern, fit for purpose facilities and the community will benefit from investment in the local area. We look forward to continuing this successful partnership to make these plans a reality.”
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.
The provision of modern, fit-for-purpose facilities will support an evidence based approach to patient care for years to come. Redeveloping the existing campus will also reinforce the strong relationship with the local Morningside community by further encouraging integration and involvement of local groups and organisations in the day-to-day campus activities. This will assist in the delivery of patient care, reduce the stigma attached to mental illness and provide social benefits to the wider community.
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 from other hospital sites such as Astley Ainslie Hospital.
The outline business case is expected to be presented at NHS Lothian’s next board meeting on 23 October 2013, two months ahead of schedule.