Royal Edinburgh Hospital revamp plans submitted

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THE redevelopment of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital has taken another step forward, with plans being submitted for approval.

A planning application has been submitted to get the go-ahead in principle for the project, while a detailed planning application has been put forward for the first phase - a £48 million state of the art facility which would provide inpatient care for adults with acute mental health problems, along with an intensive psychiatric care unite, a specialist brain injury unit and other services.

The planning application has been submitted following a public consultation in June this year. While phase one of the work could be completed in 2017, the whole project could take as much as 10 years to complete.

The hospital, in Morningside, first opened its doors in 1813. It currently provides acute psychiatric and mental health care, including the treatment of those with learning difficulties and dementia. It also offers specialist services for the treatment of eating disorders, alcohol problems and young people with mental health problems.

David Small, chair of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital project board at NHS Lothian, said: “We have worked closely with a number of interested parties, including, staff, patients and members of the local community, and a great deal of effort has gone into reaching this momentous stage. We await the outcome with anticipation.”

He added: “The public consultation has been extremely helpful in informing us, going forward on key elements of the redevelopment. We have listened to what matters to people and are confident that the plans will deliver an excellent mental health facility that will open a new chapter in the hospital’s proud 200-year history, being celebrated this year.”