Edinburgh children’s hospital wins approval
September 19 2012
To be built on a car park adjacent to the existing Royal Infirmary the hospital will replace an existing children’s hospital at Sciennes; along with the department of clinical neurosciences at the Western General Hospital and the child and Adolescent Mental Health Service based at the Royal Infirmary.
Initially proposed back in 2009 the scheme has hit a number of stumbling blocks, not least securing the land on which the new hospital will rise.
Health secretary Alex Neil said: “There have been delays with the new Sick Kids Hospital in the past, due to land and commercial issues with an inherited PFI contract on the proposed site. I am pleased to say that there is now a framework in place to resolve the legal and commercial issues that arose in the original contract.
NHS Lothian will now begin the process of finding a private sector partner to deliver the design, build, finance and maintenance of the new building. This will see them work with the Scottish Futures Trust to plan the procurement process with an OJEU notice expected before the end of the year.
The new hospital is scheduled for completion by 2017.