What services will be provided by the new Community Hospital?
Out patients (including intra-venous treatment area), day care services, social care day services, theatres, endoscopy, diagnostics, gyms, therapy kitchens, multifunctional rooms, pharmacy, spiritual services space, staff offices, tribunal suite, on-call rooms, health records library, estates, domestics, catering.
What in-patient beds will be provided in the new Community Hospital?
Medical beds, medicine of the elderly beds, orthopaedic rehabilitation beds, continuing care beds, mental health beds – 132 beds.
Will there be an Accident and Emergency service in the new Community Hospital?
No, this is a community hospital and will not have the clinical and medical support services and back up required to support this
Will there be a minor injuries unit?
No, there is not the volume of patients required to warrant the departmental staffing being able maintain clinical competencies and continue practising
Will the new Community Hospital have acute mental health inpatient beds?
No, the acute beds are supported in a Lothian wide medical model at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.
What will be the general opening hours of the hospital?
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. although the Out of Hours service function until Midnight.
How much will the hospital cost to build?
Circa £70 million, this will be tested through the business case process.
When do you aim to be on site?  When will the development be complete?
The current target date for a site start is August- October 2016 with a completion date of October 2019.
How long will the demolition of the existing buildings take?
Unknown at this stage due to fact that different buildings will be demolished at different times to suit the eventual construction programme / sequence.
Will there be any road closures during construction and what number of trucks will be coming in and out of the site per day?
There will be potential road upgrades required, the final design will be concluded on completion of the transport assessment which will help identify any road closure requirements. It is difficult to determine the number of vehicles attending site on any given day, peak traffic times can be identified through the programme for example during the cut and fill works there can be an increased level of traffic during that period.
How will the level of dust during demolition and construction be dealt with?
There will be a comprehensive dust mitigation strategy implemented utilising a range of measures to suppress dust for example wheel wash and dampening dust with fine water spray.
Will the opening of a new Community Hospital mean other facilities will be closing?
The proposed development is a consolidation of the facilities at Roodlands and Herdmanflat.  This facility being built does not have implication for any other sites.
Will this new Community Hospital include the Edington and Belhaven Hospital beds?
No, this facility has not included these.
How many storeys will the buildings be? 
Unknown at this stage although current thinking is predominantly 2 with localised maximum of 3 levels of accommodation. There may also be isolated areas of plant equipment above.
What type of materials will the Hospital be constructed from?
Unknown at this stage.
Where will the public parking be?  How many spaces?
The public parking will be located to the north of the building.  Surveys have recently been undertaken to determine the exact number of spaces that will be required and these are currently being analysed.
Will there be disabled car parking / drop off areas?
Where will the staff car parking be? How many spaces?
Some staff parking will be provided at the south-eastern corner of the site, where the delivery vehicles park.  Some staff will be able to park in the main car park.  The exact split of staff and non-staff parking will be informed by analysis of the survey results.
How will the hospital be serviced?
A dedicated service area will be provided at the south-eastern corner of the site.  Service vehicles will manoeuvre in the service area and so will not need to manoeuvre on Hospital Road.
What local junctions will be assessed regarding traffic impact?
The junctions to be assessed have been discussed with East Lothian Council.  The following junctions will be assessed:
·         A199 / A1 slip road roundabouts
·         A199 / Hospital Road T junction
·         A199 / A6137 roundabout
·         A199/ A6093 / A1 slip road roundabouts
·         A6137 / Hopetoun Drive T junction
·         A6137 / Station Road signals / crossroads
·         A199/ Alderston Road 4 - way priority junction
What road improvements be required to facilitate the development of the hospital?
The requirement for any road improvements has yet to be determined.  A Transport Assessment document will be submitted with the planning application which will identify any road improvements required.
Will a public bus service access the site for pickup/drop off?
The road layout within the site will allow bus access.  Whether bus operators enter the site will be a commercial decision for them.  However, there will be bus stops on Hospital Road sited conveniently for the pedestrian entrance to the new hospital.   Non-commercial services (such as ‘Dial-a-bus’ type-services) will be able to access the site. 
Will access to disabled parking take into account the growing need for disabled parking spaces as the older population increases?
Yes, a transport assessment is being undertaken along with liaising with the Council to determine numbers.
Will access to disabled parking take into account back opening vehicles.
Will treatment and reception areas have hearing loops?
Will access to disabled toilets take into consideration large wheelchairs?
How many jobs are expected to be created from the proposed development?
There are no new posts within the clinical setting as this is a re-provision; however there may be opportunities on the construction side.
What energy efficiency rating will the building have?
The buildings will be of an EPC rating of C or better.
Is this consultation exercise real - or has everything already been decided?
The existing Roodlands site has a number of opportunities and constraints that have informed the high level decisions that have progressed to date. One of the biggest influences is the need to maintain existing clinical services on-site throughout the duration of the works. We are still at a very early stage of design development whereby statutory and public consultation processes will impact upon the emerging design.
How long will the planning process take?
The statutory period for a ‘major’ planning application is 4 months, but built in flexibility for committee and S75 meaning likely 6-8 months.
When is the planning application expected to be submitted to East Lothian Council?
The application is currently expected to be submitted to East Lothian Council at the end of June 2015.
Is an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) required for the proposal?
We submitted a screening opinion request to East Lothian Council who concluded that an EIA was not required for this proposed development.
What assessments have been undertaken and will be submitted with the planning application?
Planning Statement, Pre-Application Consultation Report, Design and Access Statement, Landscape Plan, Transport Assessment, Travel Plan, Level 1 Flood Risk Assessment, Drainage Strategy, Phase 1 Habitat Survey, Bat Survey, Tree Survey, Desk based Archaeology Assessment, Phase 1 Geo-Environmental Survey, Sustainability and Energy Statement, Noise Impact Assessment.
Are there any trees within the site that are protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)?
Yes, a tree survey has been undertaken which has identified 4 trees that are covered by a TPO (111 of 2007) located in the north west field.
Are there any issues with flooding on the site?
A stage 1 flood risk assessment has been completed for the site. Surface water and flooding on the site will be managed in line with current best practice using SUD’s and suitable drainage.
Are there any protected species within the site boundary?
A Preliminary Ecological Appraisal and Protected Species Habitat Assessment has been undertaken and there are records of pipistrelle bats within a 1km radius of the site.  In this context, a dawn and dusk bat survey is currently being undertaken, also pre-construction bat survey regarding the existing buildings.
Is there any archaeology of note within the site boundary?
An Archaeology Assessment has been undertaken and 2 cultural heritage sites were identified, but the probability that the site contains remains of medieval or later date is considered low.
Is there any contamination within the site boundary?
An intrusive geotechnical and geo-environmental site investigation is currently underway. The investigation will be testing for contamination in accordance with the latest standards and guidelines, with remediation works recommended as required.
Are all the buildings on site being demolished, and are any listed buildings?
All the existing hospital buildings on the site will be demolished to make way for the proposed new Community Hospital.  There are no listed buildings within the curtilage of the site.
Is there any asbestos within the buildings currently on site?
A full type 3 survey of the existing buildings will be undertaken when access is available to determine if any the extent of asbestos requiring removal.
How much will it cost to demolish the existing buildings on site?
The cost of demolition will be determined through the market testing process.
What experience does hub South East/Morrison Construction have of this type of development?  Where can I see something they’ve done already?
hub and Morrison have successfully delivered Community Hospitals together at Forres and St Andrews.  In addition, hub SE and Morrison are currently delivering Phase 1 of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital which is due to complete in December 2016.  
How will people be kept informed about progress on the project?
Stakeholder meetings, staff meetings, notice boards, public events, email, social media, dedicated website.

Last Reviewed: 24/03/2016