About the Royal Edinburgh Campus

NHS Lothian is redeveloping the Royal Edinburgh Campus in a number of phases over the next 10 years.

The exciting redevelopment programme will replace inpatient facilities at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital with modern, fit-for-purpose healthcare buildings.

The redevelopment will also consider the inclusion of potential services on other hospital sites.

The programme builds on work agreed in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy in 2004 and the updated Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 'A sense of belonging' 2011-2016.

We want to keep patients, staff, visitors and the local community informed about what is happening when it happens.

Your views are important to us and we want you to be involved in the redevelopment process.

The REH campus development is being delivered by Hub South East Scotland Ltd. More details can be found at their website, http://www.hubsoutheastscotland.co.uk/

Funding and Procurement

The redevelopment is planned to be undertaken in phased stages. The necessary preparations are now underway and the construction of phase one is anticipated to take place from late 2014/early 2015 to late 2016.

Phase one

Phase one of the project will provide a state-of-the-art and purpose built facility providing a safe, comfortable and therapeutic environment for mental health services in the 21st century.

This will include providing services for the adult acute mental health inpatient service, Intensive Psychiatric Care Service (IPCU), the Robert Fergusson national brain injury unit and older people’s mental health assessment and treatment services.

The Royal Edinburgh Hospital has always enjoyed wonderful garden and green space. Plans for the redevelopment will ensure an attractive and therapeutic green environment surrounding the campus building is maintained.

Phase one has an estimated cost of £48-million.

The projected date for completion of phase one is at the end of 2016 and the new building will become operational in early 2017.

Key facts

  • Phase 1 will help our staff work more effectively, integrating the full pathway of care for patients – thus reducing the need for readmission.
  • The phase 1 environment has been designed with the support of patients and staff.
  • There will be purposefully designed spaces to ensure more effective and timely assessment s of patients.
  • Specific meeting and clinical spaces will allow for closer working with community mental health services, this will help with planning for transition from inpatient to community mental health services.
  • Within each ward there are specific therapeutic areas such as group therapy rooms, relaxation and art rooms for staff to engage programme of activities with patients. Centralised activity space such as the Gym and therapeutic kitchens all support an improved patient experience.
  • Single bedrooms meaning safety, dignity and privacy for patients is improved.
  • Internal Courtyards/Single Storey; allows direct access to garden space for patients this is particularly important for those patients who find it difficult for physical and/or mental health reasons to leave the vicinity of the ward.
  • At times over 50% of patient population need staff escort off the ward – frequent complaints from patients that they can’t get out when they want to. This creates frustration and anger which can lead to hostility. Being able to gain immediate access promotes safety and an improved patient experience.
  • Dementia Environmental Standards - use of evidence based design, for the care and treatment of persons suffering from dementia with older peoples mental health assessment wards.
  • HAI Standards - Phase 1 is designed to comply with the most recent HAI expected standards. 

Masterplan for the entire hospital site

The whole project will cost approximately £300-million. The redevelopment will also include services on other hospital sites, such as the Astley Ainslie Hospital.

Last Reviewed: 11/02/2016