£842 million hospital taking shape

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The New South Glasgow Hospitals project is continuing at a rapid pace — and its presence is already having an impact on the city skyline.

This NHS Scotland flagship project comprises two new hospitals, — a 1109-bed adult hospital and a 256-bed children’s hospital — together with an already completed state-of-the-art laboratory.

The project is set to cost a total of £842 million and is on track to be completed on time and on budget in 2015.

New South Glasgow Hospital will provide acute adult, paediatric and maternity services, located together for the first time in Glasgow.

The 34-ward adult hospital, with 30 operating theatres, will be one of the UK’s most advanced, with the largest critical care complex in Scotland.

The project team has released a series of pictures illustrating how both the adult and the children’s hospitals will look.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde chief executive Robert Calderwood told The Extra: “I am very proud of the thought and effort that has gone into creating both these hospitals from both our own medical professional point of view and from a design aspect.

“I have no doubt that when the new hospital is complete and open to patients, it will be a facility that everyone in Glasgow and indeed the whole of Scotland will be proud of.

“The build continues at an astonishing rate and we are on target to deliver two brand new hospitals to the people of Greater Glasgow and Clyde on time and on budget.”

The children’s hospital is set to open first, with the adult facility slightly later because it involves the transfer of services from the Western Infirmary and the Southern General.

The £100m children’s facility will include interactive video screens and activity stations, in order to provide entertaining distractions for young patients.

An onsite cinema, theatre stage and outdoor play area will also provide opportunities for respite and a break from the patient wards.