The keys to Scotland’s newest and biggest £842m hospital will be handed over as work nears the finish line.
The new South Glasgow University Hospital and new Royal Hospital for Sick Children will be handed to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) on Tuesday.
The construction of Scotland’s largest ever NHS hospital project has been delivered under budget and five weeks ahead of schedule.
NHSGGC has now officially taken ownership of the new Scottish Government funded £842m south Glasgow hospitals following a ceremonial “key handover” from Brookfield Multiplex.
The new campus with maternity, paediatric and adult hospitals all integrated onto a single site offers a gold standard in acute hospital provision.
Robert Calderwood, NHS GGC chief executive, said: “I am delighted that our partnership with Brookfield Multiplex has seen the delivery of this world class hospital complex achieved not only ahead of schedule but also under budget.
“This accomplishment is testament to every single individual who has worked on this project since the blueprints were first drawn up.
“As we take delivery of the project and embark on the final phase of readiness for the first patients I wish to acknowledge contribution of the very many people involved.
“From the architects and NHS planners and clinicians to the hundreds of construction workers of all disciplines and the wider business community with whom we have contracted to ensure a lasting community benefit from this project – all deserve recognition for their efforts.”
Health secretary Shona Robison said: “This is an exciting stage in the development of the new South Glasgow Hospital campus as we get ever closer towards completion of the project and welcoming patients into the facility.
“This development has been Scotland’s biggest-ever hospital building project, so bringing this in ahead of time and under budget is a real achievement in itself.
“The Scottish Government has invested £842m in this project, which will provide patients with access to services for all ages on a single site – bringing with it increased efficiency, shorter waiting times and better continuity of care.
“It is part of over £2bn of Government investment in Scotland’s health infrastructure over the spending review period, demonstrating our commitment to providing modern, state-of-the-art NHS facilities for patients.
“This major development will transform healthcare for patients and staff and I am very much looking forward to seeing the hospital campus up-and-running and welcoming patients in the summer.”
Now that the buildings have been handed to NHSGGC the work begins to fit the hospitals out and make them ready to receive the staff and the first patients in a little over three months’ time.
The first services will transfer on Friday April 24, 2015 with a target completion date of June 14, 2015. news.stv.tv