Plans for a new East Lothian Community Hospital given green light

Plans for a new East Lothian Community Hospital have been given the green light by the Scottish Government.
The Initial Agreement for the project has now been approved and the project team will now work on preparing the business case for the project.
The £75 million Community Hospital will provide orthopaedics and stroke rehabilitation, enhanced imaging, and a social care day unit. Construction on the site could begin in 2015, with services operational by the end of 2017. 

David Small, Joint Director, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership said: “We are delighted that our initial plans for the new East Lothian Community Hospital have been approved by the Scottish Government.

“This is a major step forward in the overall process to build a new community hospital in East Lothian. The new building will bring an overall increase in capacity from what is currently available locally and some services provided outside of East Lothian are likely to move back to the county once it’s completed.
“The continued support of the local communities in East Lothian is vital as we move ahead with these exciting proposals.”
Health Secretary Alex Neil said: “Having the best health facilities and services, in the right place is rightly important to patients and that is why I am delighted that these two projects have been given the green light. 

“This considerable investment reflects the Scottish Government’s commitment to ensure that every patient in Scotland has access to world class care in innovative health facilities. 

“By developing purpose built community services and ensure our hospitals have state-of-the-art facilities we will ensure that all patients get the highest possible standards of care across all of our NHS services.”

Costs for the East Lothian Community Hospital will be further defined through the Outline Business Case. This will be submitted in 2015 at which point exact funding will be confirmed.