Phase one of the redevelopment includes new accommodation for the adult acute mental health inpatient service, older people’s mental health assessment, intensive psychiatric care service and the new Robert Fergusson national brain injury unit.
The First Minister was joined by the Minister for Mental Health Maureen Watt and met staff and patients who have been involved in the planning and design of the new facilities.
The First Minister said: “This redevelopment has replaced inpatient facilities with modern, fit-for-purpose buildings that will ensure patients at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital benefit from healthcare services that are safe, effective and put the patient first.”
Professor Alex McMahon, Executive Director, Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Healthcare Professionals Executive Lead, REAS, NHS Lothian, said: “Throughout the building and commissioning process we have involved, listened to and taken on board the views of patients, staff, families and the public. We are now witnessing that these new facilities are providing an improved therapeutic environment for our dedicated staff to deliver high quality care.”
After attending the official opening, Morrison Construction Operations Director David Wilson, said: ‘‘It was wonderful to see the First Minister officially open phase one of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. We have been involved in this project since early 2013 with construction commencing in January 2015 and a successful handover in December 2016. A key success factor in the design and delivery of this project has been a truly collaborative team approach between ourselves, Hub South East and NHS Lothian.’’
Paul McGirk, Hub South East’s Chief Executive said: “It’s exciting to be celebrating the official opening of the first phase of the Royal Edinburgh Campus, delivered on time and on budget almost one year ago.
“Hub’s involvement from the beginning helped shape the plans for this campus redevelopment and I’m delighted that staff and patients are enjoying this fantastic modern facility and to see it has been so well received.’’