New critical care developments start at RIE

Construction of a purpose-built ward for renal and transplant patients has started at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. 

The works will also see the redevelopment of critical care services into a new 42-bedded unit at the hospital.

The construction forms part of the wider programme which will see the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences move to the site in autumn 2017.

Renal and transplant services will relocate into a high dependency 14-bedded ward on the second floor, subsequently allowing for the redevelopment of the critical care department on the first floor.

Intensive care specialties will be brought together in one area, and space will be created for neurosurgical intensive care beds to relocate at the same time as the Department of Clinical Neurosciences in 2017.  

Jim Crombie, Chief Officer, NHS Lothian, said: “We are delighted to see these works starting, redevelopments within a working hospital require a great deal of preparation and no shortage of expertise. 

“These works will see a modern unit created for our renal and transplant patients within the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. The unit will include 50 per cent ensuite rooms, an increase in bed numbers and new ensuite accommodation for relatives.

"The works to our critical care services are vital for the integration of the new hospital when services move onto site in late autumn 2017. On top of this it will help staff to work more effectively together, improving our patient experiences and aiding recovery during their time in our care.”

Lyn McDonald, Site Director, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, NHS Lothian, said: “Patient safety remains our top priority and we have thorough plans in place to ensure that the hospital continues to operate as normal throughout these important works. 

“We would apologise for any inconvenience that these works may cause and thank you for your understanding as we look to improve services within the hospital, and prepare for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences moving to site in 2017.”

The redevelopment works started in June 2015 and are expected to be completed by late 2016.

Construction of the £150 million Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences started in February 2015 and it is anticipated to open in late autumn 2017.