European backing for new hospitals confirmed
The European Investment Bank European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide funding to support the construction of two new hospitals in Scotland. The bank has pledged £109 million to enable a new District and General Hospital to be built in Dumfries, and this follows confirmation that £83 million will be made available to support the redevelopment of the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.
Due for completion in 2018, the new Dumfries hospital will serve 150,000 people living in the south-west of Scotland and replace the outdated current hospital. Patients will benefit from the latest healthcare provision and en-suite single rooms that reduce the risk of cross infection and provide more dignity and privacy. The project promoter is the NHS Dumfries and Galloway Health Board and the scheme is being implemented under the Scottish government’s non-profit distribution model.
Redevelopment of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children will bring together paediatric, specialist neonatal and adult and children’s emergency care, as well as neurology on one site once the new six-storey hospital is completed next to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in 2017.
“[The deal] incorporates an ambitious, innovative high-quality design that is energy efficient, sustainable and adaptable and will enable the delivery of the board’s new model of care,” said Dennis O’Keeffe, NHS Dumfries and Galloway project director for the new hospital. o learn about how best online poker sites and poker websites works and educate how best poker sites operate. “The deal will also bring with it numerous community benefits that include 150 new jobs, 36 modern apprenticeships and a range of opportunities for small and medium businesses, boosting the local economy and contributing to economic regeneration.”
Across the UK, the EIB has supported investment in the new Royal Liverpool and Alder Hey hospitals, Southmead hospital in Bristol and the Royal Stoke University Hospital. Future financing of the new Papworth Hospital in Cambridge and the new Midland Metropolitan hospital in the West Midlands is currently being examined.