Design review ordered into flagship Govan ‘super hospital’
January 24 2019
The Scottish government has instigated an independent review into the design of Govan’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
This follows disclosure that an ‘invisible’ gap on the 12th floor had allowed pigeons to enter a plant room, depositing excrement which subsequently led to bacteria finding its way into the closed ventilation system, considered to be a contributing factor behind the death of a child.
In a statement before parliament health secretary Jeane Freeman said: “I agreed that a review should take place, with external expert advice. That review will look at the building’s design, the commissioning of the work and the construction, handover and maintenance of the building to identify where issues were raised that should have been addressed and where current maintenance programmes should perhaps be more robust or frequent.
“It is right that we should consider whether, in its totality, the fabric of the Queen Elizabeth university hospital is as fit for purpose as we require it to be and that, if there are lessons to be learned, we should take those and apply them across the rest of our health system in Scotland, particularly where we have the commissioning of new build.”
Freeman will present the government’s response to the reviews recommendations by the end of the week.
Prior concerns about the infection threat posed by pigeons prompted a series of anti-bird measures to be deployed, including spikes and hawks, at the IBI Group designed building.