NHS Lothian push ahead with £45m eye hospital vision
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July 23 2018
NHS Lothian is progressing a £45m purpose-built eye hospital after selecting Graham Construction as the preferred contractor to replace the current Princess Alexandra Eye Hospital in Edinburgh.
Both partners will now liaise on a full business case for the project with within the BioQuarter campus, close to the current Royal Infirmary.
The current city centre eye hospital opened in 1969 and is considered to be a barrier to service improvements owing to its poor design and functionality, prompting the health provider to appoint Norr Architects to prepare plans for a new build solution following initial design work carried out by Oberlanders.
In its Initial Agreement contract NHS Lothian stated: “The preferred strategic and service solution would be to re provide the hospital on the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh/Edinburgh Bioquarter site, approximately 3.5 miles from the existing site and giving the benefits of being closer to emergency services and the infrastructure associated with a major teaching hospital, the University of Edinburgh Medical School and the opportunities for research and collaboration that would come as part of being on the Bioquarter site.”
Construction work could begin by March 2020, with clinical relocation occurring sometime around mid-2022.
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