South Glasgow University Hospital completed months ahead of schedule


£842m scheme completed under budget and ahead of time

Scotland’s biggest-ever hospital development is set to be handed over four months early.

The new £842m South Glasgow University Hospital development has been competed well ahead of a planned opening in May.

The site, developed by Brookfield Multiplex, hosts the 1,109-bed South Glasgow University Hospital for adults and the 256-bed Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

It replaces the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids at Yorkhill, the Southern General Hospital, Western and Victoria infirmaries, and the Mansionhouse Unit.

The campus was also delivered under budget.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said the design was a move away from the traditional ward-based model.

Health board chief executive, Robert Calderwood, said: "With the exception of critical care, all of the patient areas in the adult hospital are single en-suite rooms and all bedrooms have full-length floor-to-ceiling windows on the outside wall to increase natural daylight, but also to give patients the opportunity to see out of the clinical environment.

"In the children's hospital 80% of the 256 beds are single, en-suite, with parents' accommodation.”

The new campus will bring major changes to the way healthcare is delivered across the west of Scotland, with maternity, children's and adult hospitals all on the one site.

There will be space for 1,300 patients, 29 operating theatres, and even a landing pad on the hospital roof for rescue helicopters.

The facility will also incorporate a new teaching and learning facility, as well as the Centre for Stratified Medicine, and clinical research facilities.

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Construction work on the hospital began in early 2011 and it has been the biggest building site in Scotland. It was designed by IBI Nightingale.