Official Opening of the Royal Victoria Building

Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing today (5 Feb 2013), officially opened the new Royal Victoria Building at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

The new £43.6-million facility, which replaces the Royal Victoria Hospital, provides services for patients over 65 years old in five dedicated wards, a rheumatology and dermatology ward as well as an assessment and rehabilitation centre for day patients and outpatients.

A landmark feature of the new state-of-the-art building is that each of the beds throughout the six wards is allocated a single room, each with its own en-suite shower and toilet facilities.

In addition to universal single rooms, the Royal Victoria Building features three modern physiotherapy gyms, a specially designed courtyard garden and a direct corridor link to the neighbouring Anne Ferguson building.
Dr Charles Winstanley, Chair, NHS Lothian, said: “This new facility marks a key stage in our continual drive to improve the care we provide for older people throughout the Lothians.
“The Royal Victoria Building is an important addition to the Western General Hospital site and has already had a positive impact on the services we provide for older people.
“The single occupancy layout gives a greater degree of privacy and helps patients feel more relaxed ideally promoting their recovery.”
Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Having the right facilities in the right place is important to people across Scotland and that is why we are determined to ensure both staff and patients the length and breadth of the country can work and be treated in the best possible surroundings.
“The new Royal Victoria Building is a fantastic example of how patients are benefitting from a modern purpose-built facility, with 100 per cent single rooms which can help to reduce infection and promote dignity for all patients.
“Continued investment in health building projects clearly sets out the strength of our commitment to the NHS in Scotland, and will mean that we can provide more sustainable, high quality and continually improving health care services close to home.”



Notes to Editors


·         Work began on the new £43.6m facility in June 2010, following a review of older people’s services and an extensive public consultation. The decision to re-locate services from the Royal Victoria Hospital to the new facility was part of NHS Lothian’s Improving Care, Investing in Change programme.


·         Contractors Laing O’Rourke commenced building work in June 2010 and handed the building over to NHS Lothian in June 2012.


·         A total of 147 private rooms are available for patients, each with its own en-suite shower and toilet facilities.


·         The building contains the first auto cold water flushing system of its kind in Scotland, which acts to combat Legionella. NHS Lothian and construction company Laing O'Rourke jointly picked up the Innovation Award from Health Facilities Scotland for their pioneering approach to tackling the bacteria in standing water.


·         A new two storey car park has been constructed to the rear of the Royal Victoria Building.


·         The original Royal Victoria Hospital was opened in 1894 by Sir Robert William Philip, when he turned Craigleith House into the first sanatorium for tuberculosis in Scotland.




Issued: 5 February 2013


Kirstin Aitken


Communications Officer


NHS Lothian

Tel. 0131 465 5644