Following initial models of care and planning group work, services, which can be amalgamated with existing services were agreed and the services, which are to be re-provided, were identified as:

  • Psychiatry of Old Age in-patient beds within the  Royal Edinburgh Hospital
  • Psychiatry of Old Age Day Hospital places plus an outreach service in the community in North Edinburgh
  • Community Mental Health Teams’ offices in North Edinburgh
  • Lab Van service 
  • Nursery facility
  • Medical services for Older People on to the Western General Hospital site

Relocation of Psychiatry of the Elderly in in-patients beds

The Royal Edinburgh and Associated Services (REAS)Senior Management Team have established an operational working group to take forward the improvement of the in-patient Psychiatry of the Elderly, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, with a view to re-provide the service as part of the overall Psychiatry of the Elderly model of care and service review. This service will be transferred to the Royal Edinburgh Hospital when refurbishment of accommodation in the hospital is complete.

Psychiatry of the Elderly Day Hospital

As part of the overall Psychiatry of the Elderly model of care and service review, Edinburgh Community Health Partnership is developing a project to provide these services within north Edinburgh.

Community Mental Health Teams

Edinburgh Community Health Partnership is developing a project to provide these services.

Lab Van service

The relocation of the Lab Van depot and offices is being taken forward. The principle of relocating this service to either a central industrial unit or an existing NHS site is being investigated.

The Nursery

NHS Lothian recognises the value and importance of a local nursery for NHS staff. The  nursery will be the included in a Lothian-wide scoping exercise. As part of the visioning work, different options will be assessed following the transfer of all other services from the Royal Victoria Hospital site.

Medical services for Older People

In total there will be 147 beds in 6 wards provided within the new Royal Victoria Building. There will also be out-patients services for both the Elderly and Rheumatology and Dermatology.

The Royal Victoria Building will consist of a North and South Wing with an adjoining corridor. Each ward will have all single room accommodation for the patients and they will have their own en suite shower-room and toilet.

There will be an adjoining link bridge from the Royal Victoria Building into the Anne Ferguson Building so that access can be made to the rest of the hospital without going outside.

Last Reviewed: 01/06/2011