Emergency Department and Link Building

On the ground floor, the existing Emergency Department will be linked to the new children’s emergency department. There will also be a first floor link providing a connection between the Department of Clinical Neurosciences theatres and adult critical care within the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

The construction of the link building needs to be completed before work can start on the new hospital building and will require a number of changes to traffic management.
The distinctive drum outside the Emergency Department is being dismantled (April 2014). In order to remove the drum, new ambulance and walk in entrances have been created near to the old entrance.
The work within the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh will also see new state-of-the-art resuscitation area that will consist of one trauma bay and three emergency medical bays, allowing more patients to be seen.
Steps have been taken to minimise the impact the construction work will have on the current service. However, there will be some significant changes to the emergency department and to the adjacent surgical observation unit (SOU) during construction.
There will be on-going restrictions to parking around the emergency department as a result of this work and the current hospital building exit next to the SOU will be closed during this time. The smoking shelter at this end of the hospital will also be out of use.
Part of the Surgical Observation Unit has been moved into a temporary unit which was installed at the side of the hospital. This temporary unit will provide six observation beds and will provide the same high quality hospital environment.
Temporary resuscitation facilities will be created in the SOU area and will be used by the emergency department until the work to construct the new entrances and resuscitation area are completed.
This work commenced in June 2013 and is due for completion in September 2014.
The link building will also provide a first floor link between the theatres in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and those in the new hospital building. This will allow ease of transfer of critically ill patients between the two buildings including the transfer of acutely ill babies from the Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health.

Last Reviewed: 04/12/2015