Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the hospital need to move?

There are several reasons or drivers for the transfer of the services of the RVH site.

  • The RVH building layout is not fit for purpose and does not comply with the legislation on single sex accommodation
  • The RVH site does not have diagnostic services on site to provide treatment as quickly as we would like
  • European Working Time regulations are limiting the hours doctors can work.  Moving to a larger centre will increase staffing flexibility within the services and improve efficiency
  • The fabric of the building is deteriorating and would require a great deal of capital investment to maintain or improve the facility. It is felt that investment in a new building is a far better longer term solution.

How do we know that our comments will be taken on board?

The Client Services Project Manager will respond to any questions you may have as far as possible.  She will take any comments or discussions to the Project Board - the decision-making level within the project structure.

When is the move likely to take place?

The programmed date for the transfer of services to the Western General Hospital is early summer 2012.

What will happen regarding nursery provision on the existing site?

The nursery is a privately-run business and would look for premises to rent from NHS Lothian if at all possible. NHS Lothian recognise the value and importance of a local nursery facility for NHS staff. The re-provision of the Nursery will be included in a Lothian wide scoping exercise led by Human Resources to confirm the policy regarding Nursery services and part of this scoping work will be to look at the options available following the transfer of all other services from the Royal Victoria Hospital site.

What will happen to the existing site?

Every effort will be made to consider the potential options for the disposal of the RVH site in relation to maintaining links to/benefits for older people's services.
Suggestions have been made that part of the site could accommodate a residential/nursing care home with respite facilities, an integrated day centre/ day hospital for older people, sheltered housing for older people or housing for key-workers.  These options will be considered as the plan for the site disposal progresses.

How many beds will there be?

As part of the new model of care for medicine for the elderly people some assumptions have been made about the way the future service will function. As a result of this exercise bed modelling work has been carried out and includes projected demographic changes over the next 10 years. Therefore 130 in-patient medical beds in five wards will be provided on the Western General Hospital for the medical services for Older People. An additional 17 beds and out patient facility have been included to accommodate the Rheumatology and Dermatology services which at present are placed in the Clock Tower in the Western General Hospital.

Will it be a Public Private Partnership/Private Finance Initiative?

Under Treasury rules, all large public sector projects are required to consider all funding routes - which includes having to be 'tested' against the possibility of being suitable for PPP/PFI funding. This process has been completed as part of developing the Outline Business Case. It has been confirmed as part of that process that this project will not be funded in this way and will be funded by public money. This was confirmed in April 2010 by the Scottish Government when they approved the Full Business Case.

How will the public be consulted?

The Patient Focus Public Involvement (PFPI) principles are adopted throughout this project. It is crucial that service users and public contribute to the design and implementation of the new service.

As part of the Project Group structure there is a PFPI Reference group. Membership of this group is drawn from a variety of groups representing older people and other sections of society.

Additionally there have been and will continue to be discussion with wider community groups as required.

Last Reviewed: 01/06/2011