Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and the Department of Clinical Neuroscience


NHS Lothian




A new build hospital project that will provide improved services for children, young people and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Project Details
The £150 million, 55,000m2 bespoke, new build project will re-provide services from the current Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences. These services will be provided in a single building adjoining the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France.
The new hospital will house 62 departments with facilities which include 242 in-patient beds in a mix of single and 4 bed rooms, 10 operating theatres with supporting critical care facilities, a comprehensive imaging department including 5 MRI and 2 CT scanners, a dedicated paediatric emergency department, out patient clinics, support accommodation, a 25 bed home from home family hotel (supported by the Ronald McDonald House Charity) and a rooftop helipad providing direct access to the emergency departments of both the RHCYP & RIE.
The project has been procured using the Non-Profit Distributing model developed by the Scottish Futures Trust to facilitate private sector involvement in the design, construction and operation of major facilities whilst delivering value for money to the public sector, with the facility reverting to public ownership at the end of the 25-year contract
A reference design was developed in 2012 to meet the clinical requirements of NHS Lothian and determine the affordability both in terms of capital and operational costs. Following a period of competitive dialogue in 2013 and the selection of IHS (Lothian) Ltd as preferred bidder the design was further developed with financial close achieved in February 2015. Construction of the facility commenced in Spring 2015 with Practical Completion and handover to NHS Lothian achieved in February 2019.
A 5-month period of final clinical fitout works is now in progress with patients scheduled to transfer over a 10-day period in early July with the new facility becoming fully operational in mid-July 2019.

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