Royal Edinburgh Hospital Redevelopment Goes Public

Two public information events on the redevelopment of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital campus are set to take place this week (Thursday, 6 June). These will be held both at the hospital and in the local community.

The events, organised by NHS Lothian will provide information on proposed plans for the £300 million masterplan for the entire hospital and £50 million Phase 1 of the redevelopment.

Phase one 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.

At the events, attendees will be able to see site plans and view artist’s impressions of what the campus could potentially look like. NHS Lothian staff will be on hand on the day to answer any questions.

David Small, Chair REH Stakeholder Board, NHS Lothian, said:  “We look forward to holding these information events as they are an integral part of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital’s redevelopment. This level of consultation will enable NHS Lothian to receive and review informed feedback on the redevelopment proposals, ensuring high levels of continued consistency in patient care at and experience of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital now and for the future ahead.”

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 Ltd, said: “We are extremely proud to be working with NHS Lothian on this important project which will significantly improve the facilities available to patients and staff involved in the delivery of mental health care at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. We are especially keen to hear the suggestions and ideas which will emerge during the forthcoming consultation.”

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 redevelopment will also consider the inclusion of potential services on other hospital sites such as Astley Ainslie Hospital.

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, substance misuse and young people’s mental health.

Public feedback will be used to inform the formal planning application submission.

The events will be held on Thursday 6 June 2013 at:

  • The Gym, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, 23 Tipperlinn Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5HF between 8.00am and 4.00pm
  • The South West Wing, Eric Liddell Centre, 15 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DP between 5.00pm and 8.00pm

If you are unable to attend one of the public information events or would like more information about the project, please visit:

www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/GoingToHospital/Locations/REH/CampusReview, email REHcampus@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk  or write to NHS Lothian, Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG.

03/06/2013