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JK Rowling's MS clinic is officially opened at Edinburgh University

BBC News - 8th October, 2013

Patients with multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases are to benefit from a research clinic which was opened officially earlier.

The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at the University of Edinburgh was opened by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal.

The centre will look at finding treatments to slow progression of neurodegenerative diseases.

It was established with a donation from Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

It is named after the author's mother, who had the disease and died aged 45.

The centre will look at conditions such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease, as well as autism and early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

The Princess Royal, who is Chancellor of Edinburgh University, was given a tour of the clinic and staff and students demonstrated the facilities and described current research projects.

Ms Rowling, who donated £10m, said: "I am moved and elated to see the Anne Rowling Clinic formally opened today by HRH The Princess Royal.

"Having observed the plans for the clinic develop and expand to fulfil the needs of patients, clinicians and researchers, I am now very proud to see the building finished and operating as the beating heart of this centre for excellence.

"Thank you to everyone who has been involved in its creation and operation."

Prof Siddharthan Chandran, professor of neurology and co-director of the clinic, said: "We are delighted to officially open this clinic.

"All patients with these tough diseases need treatments that will slow, stop and ideally reverse damage.

"The Anne Rowling Clinic will pioneer discovery science and innovative clinical research through strong partnerships with the NHS, academia and industry around the world.

"Only by better understanding the biological processes behind these devastating diseases can we identify new targets for potential therapies and take them into clinical trials."

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Plans submitted for multi-million pound hospital redevelopment

STV News - 9th October, 2013

Plans for the multi-million pound redevelopment of a hospital for patients with mental health problems have been submitted by NHS Lothian.

A planning application has been lodged to get the go-ahead in principle for the Royal Edinburgh Hospital project.

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.

Meanwhile, a detailed planning application has been put forward for the first phase of the project, a £48m state-of-the-art facility which would provide inpatient care for adults with acute mental health problems, along with an intensive psychiatric care unit, a specialist brain injury unit and other services.

NHS bosses say the first phase of the work could be completed in 2017, with the rest of the project scheduled to be finished within ten years.

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."

The application comes after a public consultation closed in June.

Mr Small added: "The 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."

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State-of-the-art respite centre officially opens

BBC News - 11th October, 2013

A disco jacuzzi bath and Hogwarts floating lights are new features at a state-of-the-art children's respite centre which has officially opened.

The £2.4m Seaview Centre, run by Edinburgh City Council, can accommodate up to 60 youngsters aged between five and 17 who have disabilities.

It provides regular short breaks with activities.

The centre was opened by Paul Godzik, Edinburgh's convener of the education, children and families committee.

There is also a wheelchair swing and tree house in the centre's garden.

The centre has been built on one level and was designed by the council's architects.

Mr Godzik said: "Respite care is an extremely important service and the new Seaview offers a wonderful setting to provide this. Both the young person and their families can benefit immensely from the facilities at the centre."

Carol Mentiplay, Seaview and family focus manager, said: "What makes the centre so special was all the work that went into taking on board the ideas from both young people and staff.

"I can't praise highly enough everyone involved in the design and construction process.

"Their enthusiasm rubbed off on everyone else and has resulted in a fantastic building."

The new complex has been built on the site of the city's old Lismore Primary School, replacing the former building in Joppa which was a girl's hostel.

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£4m autism care centre under way

Edinburgh Evening News - 9th December, 2013

Building work on a pioneering £4 million centre for adults with learning difficulties and autism has begun.

The new Autism Day Care and Respite Centre will be situated on the site of Pefferbank Day Service on Duddingston Road West and will replace two day care facilities at Deanbank and Glenallan.

It will offer 20 day support service places and overnight accommodation for six people.

It is expected that the respite resource will cater for up to 55 people per year.

Graham Construction has been appointed the main contractor for the project, with the first phase seeing the demolition of the redundant Pefferbank Day Service.

City health leader Ricky Henderson said: “The new 
autism centre will be a fantastic resource for Edinburgh.

“For the first time adults with autism and learning disabilities will be able to access specialist services in a purpose-built environment.

“This pioneering development will also help to ensure that the families of people with autism receive assistance and respite facilities.”

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Duchess opens £1.35m cancer centre in Edinburgh

BBC News - 19th December, 2013

Sarah, Duchess of York has opened a £1.35m facility in Edinburgh for young people with cancer aged 16 to 24 in the East of Scotland.

The Duchess chatted to some of the first young patients to benefit from the new facilities at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

About 200 young people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland every year.

The state-of-the-art unit cares for patients from the Lothians, Borders, Fife and Dumfries and Galloway.

Bethany Millar-Gourlay, 19, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia last summer and is one of the first patients, said: "I used to come to the adult ward for treatment and I was the youngest there.

"Although the other patients were very kind to me I did miss people my own age and having things to do.

"I'm now having my maintenance chemotherapy at this new unit and it so different. It looks great and there's a lot to do."

Dawn Crosby, Teenage Cancer Trust head of service strategy in Scotland said: "This unit looks amazing but more than that, it will significantly improve young cancer patients experience, helping them and their families feel less alone.

"All of the money has been raised locally in a really difficult financial climate. We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has given generously and helped make this happen."

It has four single patient bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. It also has a large open-plan activity and social room which includes a kitchen and dining area, as well as an area to watch TV, a jukebox, and a gaming area.

There is a day care room for outpatient treatment, and a quiet room where young people and their families can spend time.

There is also wifi throughout the unit.

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Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre Officially Opens

NHS Lothian - 18th December, 2013

Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, officially opened the new £12 million Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre, today (18 December 2013).

The 4931 m2 Centre, a joint project between NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council, will be an important hub for the provision of health and social care services for local residents.

Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre is home to the Wester Hailes Medical Practice and also provides a wide range of community health services including physiotherapy, learning disabilities, midwifery, podiatry and dentistry. In addition, council services will be delivered by teams in the Centre such as health and social care, children and families, and criminal justice.

The community based voluntary organisation, Wester Hailes Health Agency, is also based within the new Centre, providing a range of therapeutic services and classes, as well as its satellite projects such as the Wester Haven cancer support project.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said: "I am delighted to officially open the Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre, which will deliver a wide range of health and social care services right in the heart of its local community.

“We want everyone in Scotland to have access to the best facilities on their doorstep. That is why we are investing in building projects, like this Healthly Living Centre, which allows staff to work in the best possible surroundings and ensure local communities have access to all the services they need in purpose-built, modern facilities.

“This project, delivered through the hub initiative, is supported by the Scottish Government in partnership with NHS Lothian, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Futures Trust. I am grateful to everyone who has played a part in helping us to deliver this integrated centre and its range of lifeline services for the people of Wester Hailes.”

Brian Houston, Chair, NHS Lothian, said: “This new centre will provide comprehensive, integrated services for the local community under one roof, providing easier access to a wide range of health and social care support. The Centre will play an important role in delivering a high level of patient care and patient experience for local residents and future generations too.”

The local community provided their own contribution to the Centre through youth outreach project Street Arts. The project worked with a group of 84 young people to create the Healthy Living Centre Mural, which now takes pride of place in the main foyer of the Centre.

Councillor Ricky Henderson, Convener of Health and Wellbeing at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "This fantastic facility is a real benefit to local residents by providing a one-stop shop for their health needs. As well as being home to key Council social care teams, it is also a centre point for the local community and gives service providers the ability to deliver quality, integrated services to those who need them.

"This Council is committed to ensuring that residents are well cared for and improving their quality of life, and working in partnership with NHS Lothian will allow us to achieve this through the opening of centres like this.”

The three-storey development has been delivered in partnership with Hub South East Scotland Ltd. which managed the build by Morrison Construction.

Paul McGirk, Chief Executive of Hub South East Scotland, said: “We are proud to have delivered our first joint project in partnership with both NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council. The Centre was delivered 11 weeks early and we are delighted it has been so well received. This project is an excellent example of how the Hub model facilitates true partnership working and delivers real community benefits.”

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Memorial to organ donors planned for Edinburgh's Botanic Garden

STV News - 6th January, 2014

A new national memorial paying tribute to organ donors is to be sited in Scotland's capital, it has been announced.

The Scottish Government revealed plans for the memorial, which will be designed as a lasting tribute to organ and tissue donors who have helped others to live after their own death.

Scottish artist Alec Finlay has been commissioned for the piece, which will be situated in Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden, with the site chosen for both its beauty and its tranquillity.

The new memorial is being erected as the existing memorial, a wooden loveseat in Glasgow's Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery on which a silver leaf is placed for every person who has donated their organs, has very little space remaining on it.

Mr Finlay will work closely with donor families, organ recipients and healthcare professionals as he develops the new memorial.

Among those involved is lung transplant recipient Gill Hollis, who said: "The national organ donation memorial is very important to me.

"My transplant anniversary is now more important than my real birthday and I try to make the most of every day, not just for me and my family, but also for the person whose life saved mine.

"It's impossible to thank my donor enough for the gift they gave me but I'm really looking forward to having a place that recognises and remembers them."

Sandra Ward, who donated organs from her 11-year-old daughter Rachel after the girl's death, also welcomed the new memorial.

She said: "Having a national memorial to recognise and remember all those who, in death, were able to give the greatest gift of all - that of life - is very important.

"I hope it will make people think about organ donation and discuss with their loved ones what they would like them do if anything ever happened to them.

"From when she was very young Rachel understood organ donation and made me promise we would donate her organs if anything ever happened to her and we fulfilled her wishes."

It is hoped the new memorial will be in place by late summer or early autumn this year.

Public health minister Michael Matheson said: "We are delighted to have an artist of Alec's calibre and reputation involved in the creation of this memorial.

"We are also very grateful to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh for their support and for giving us a home for this project.

"Through the selfless generosity of organ donors and their families, who at a time of great tragedy honour their loved ones' wishes, many lives are saved and transplant recipients go on to lead full and active lives.

"It is right and fitting that we should acknowledge the gift that is given through organ donation with a public memorial."

Mr Finlay, who is based in Edinburgh, told how he "really wanted to be involved in this project", adding: "There is no better task for an artist or poet than to respond to complex and deep emotions, which this memorial is bound to bring up.

"It will be challenging, of course, because you are dealing with people's experiences."

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Planning application for the first phase redevelopment of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital at Morningside.

13/04232/FUL | Planning permission in respect of the phase 1 development of the healthcare masterplan of the Royal Edinburgh Campus including erection of mental health and brain injury facilities (Class 8) together with various works including access and landscaping. | Royal Edinburgh Hospital 23 Tipperlinn Road Edinburgh EH10 5HF


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Same story as above but with more info and bigger, better pics.

Royal Edinburgh Hospital master plan submitted

Urban Realm - 4th February, 2014

Planning permission for the first phase of NHS Lothian’s ten year Royal Edinburgh campus master plan is being sought, including delivery of a 185 bed mental health and brain injury unit.

This will take the form of three brick and render pavilions connected by glazed elements.

Prepared by Archial and ERZ the scheme will redevelop the existing Morningside campus, improving access and landscaping whilst providing space for new mental health, learning disability and rehabilitation facilities.

In their design statement Archial Norr said: “The approach pavilion is finished in render to act as a contrast to the warm materials being used for the other elements of the design, and as a focus point for the entrance approach to the building. This colour and contrast approach, viewed through the welcoming and natural landscape, gives the entrance a strong, obvious, and appropriately scaled front door.

“Each pavilion has been developed to be unique in its appearance from each other, with different views into and from the various wards and support spaces, while still using the same simple palette of warm materials. Each material has been used to create focus points within the elevations, or to maximise the views from the building to the landscape beyond.”

At the heart of the scheme a tree-lined boulevard will be laid to provide vehicular and pedestrian access and connecting to new walking routes along a new area of parkland to the south, which will be cleared of existing buildings.

Phase one work is scheduled to complete in 2017 with the full master plan not being implemented prior to 2024.


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Two new orthopaedic wards open at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

STV News - 28th February, 2014

Two new wards have opened at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Construction started on the trauma orthopaedic area and elective orthopaedic ward last summer.

They have now opened, giving the hospital an additional 31 beds.

The development involved two other wards being reconfigured, with the space vacated being used to treat more general and elderly patients.

Diane Gorrie-Robertson, from Edinburgh, is a patient on one of the new wards.

She said: "The rooms are bigger and for an orthopaedic ward I think that’s very important. It’s more spacious with good accessibility and the brightness of the rooms also helps to lift the mood for patients like myself.

"The staff here have always been fantastic with me and I have to say that the environment matches the level of care they provide."

Hospital director Lyn McDonald said: "This is an exciting development for the hospital. The staff have been fantastic during the construction process and have proved vital in informing the development with their own experiences, skills and expertise.

"Clearly there will be a huge benefit to patients and having these new wards will allow us to improve the patient experience on the site."

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Design team appointed for new national blood centre

Urban Realm - 5th March, 2014

A design team comprising Reiach & Hall architects, Interserve and Kajima Partnerships have been awarded the contract to build a new laboratory at Heriot-Watt Research Park, Edinburgh, by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS).

The £50m research and development centre will consolidate existing facilities and incorporates administrative areas to safeguard the future supply of blood, tissue and cells to hospitals.

Mary Morgan, Director of SNBTS, commented: “The National Centre will facilitate the effective introduction of new developments, products and safety measures in a flexible, state-of-the-art building. It is very exciting to have reached this stage of the project and we are looking forward to working with Interserve Kajima to turn their winning design into reality.”

Health secretary Alex Neil added: “This new purpose-built facility will help to modernise the processing and testing of the blood which people across Scotland are donating to help others, and will help to ensure the future supply of blood, tissues and cells for all patients.”

Detailed contractual arrangements will now be put in place to allow delivery through the Scottish Government’s Non-Profit Distributing model, with the project expected to move on site this autumn for completion by spring 2017.

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Design team appointed to deliver new Royal Hospital for Sick Children

Urban Realm - 6th March, 2014

Integrated Healthcare Solutions Lothian, a design team comprising Brookfield Multiplex and HLMAD, have been named as preferred bidder to design, build and maintain a new Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh by NHS Lothian.

The team beat two other bidders for the work, which will bring together services currently provided by the Western General Hospital and Royal Edinburgh Hospital on one site for the first time.

Peter Reekie, director of finance and member of the project steering board, Scottish Futures Trust, said: “It's fantastic to reach this milestone on such a significant hospital project. Robust project preparation and the strength of the NHS Lothian project team, combined with SFT's simplified NPD programme approach had led to a highly efficient and competitive procurement.

“I look forward to working with the team and preferred bidder to deliver construction activity later this year, which will be welcome news to many local businesses.”

It is the first acute hospital to be delivered under the Non Profit Distributing (NPD) model with construction work is expected to start in autumn 2014 for completion by summer 2017.


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Medical practice opens on famous cathedral site

NHS Lothian - 10th March, 2014

A new medical practice built on the grounds of Scotland’s largest Cathedral has welcomed patients for the first time.

The £4-million West End Medical Practice has been developed on grounds within St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh.

The new two-storey building includes nine consulting rooms with two treatment rooms, a practice nurse consulting room, health education room, meeting room, library and staff facilities.

Developed in partnership by NHS Lothian, St Mary’s Cathedral and the West End Medical Practice, the new building also includes a rebuilt stonemasons workshop and refurbished Walpole Hall.

The purpose-built facility replaces the Practice’s current location in Chester Street, and consists of a low-level design with spacious rooms and spaces flooded with natural light.

Shulah Allan, Chair, Edinburgh Community Health Partnership, NHS Lothian, said: “It’s wonderful to see the new practice opening to patients. It will provide modern and appropriate healthcare facilities for the local community.

“What makes this development all the more interesting is its location in the grounds of Scotland’s largest cathedral and one of Edinburgh’s most iconic structures, St Mary’s Cathedral.

“A great deal of work has gone into this development and it would not have been possible without the partnership working between NHS Lothian, St Mary’s Cathedral and West End Medical Practice.”

The Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, The Very Revd Dr Graham Forbes, CBE, said: “I’m delighted to see the new development has been completed. You can see that the new building blends in beautifully with the surroundings and will give all of us who live in this part of Edinburgh a modern GP surgery.”

Dr Dean Pope, Partner, West End Medical Practice said: “We as partners and staff at the West End Medical Practice are hugely impressed by our stunning new medical centre. Many patients have also expressed words of praise for the development, recognising as we do that it provides very attractive bright and spacious modern health care facilities for all.

“A debit of recognition is owed to all parties that have worked tirelessly to bring this project to fruition through planning design, development and construction and we now look forward to starting afresh in our new build within the next few days.”​

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Royal Edinburgh Hospital redevelopment moves on site

Urban Realm - 19th March, 2014

The Scottish Government has given its backing to NHS Lothian’s Outline Business Case for the £48m first phase redevelopment of its Royal Edinburgh Hospital Campus, clearing the way for ground works to commence later in the week.

Archial Norr and ERZ have prepared a master plan for the campus for the delivery of an adult acute mental health inpatient service, Intensive Psychiatric Care Service (IPCU) and brain injury unit on the site.

David Small, chair of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital project board, said: “This is a very exciting step in the development of this project and we are now within sight of construction beginning later this year.

“The next step is the process is the development of the Full Business Case which we anticipate submitting for Scottish Government approval in September this year.”

Phase one of the new mental health facility, undertaken in partnership with Hub South East Scotland and Morrison Construction, will complete in 2016.

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Care village plan to house and treat elderly

Edinburgh Evening News - 1st April, 2014

CARE villages for the elderly are at the vanguard of a radical ten-year plan set out by health bosses to cope with the region’s ageing population.

The developments – which would house a mixture of community hospital beds, care home facilities and sheltered housing – are being proposed by NHS Lothian so the elderly can live and be treated in the same place.

The care villages – to be sited at the Royal Victoria and Liberton Hospitals – would include residential and respite care along with services for those who require additional short-term care following an illness. It could also cater for some acute hospital admissions and even specialist support for patients with dementia and those who require palliative and end-of-life care.

Tim Davison, chief executive for NHS Lothian, said an evolution is needed to keep pace with a soaring population – all while budgets are being slashed. And with the Capital set to become the fastest growing city in Scotland – with a population of 600,000 by 2034 – he believes such care camps for OAPs could provide a workable and cost effective solution.

The plans include building a new community hospital in East Lothian and adapting Midlothian Community Hospital to provide “step up” and “step down” care to reduce unnecessary admissions to acute hospitals in the Capital.

By April next year, the trust aims to reduce delays in patients’ discharge to a maximum of two weeks – eventually stopping them altogether.

Professor Alex McMahon, director of strategic planning at NHS Lothian, said the care villages would pull together health and social care services to provide “a supported and caring environment for older people”.

He said: “Having access to the services they need in a homely environment can help people live longer, healthier lives and reduce hospital admissions. We are in the early stages of investigating how this concept would work in Lothian and which sites may be suitable for care villages.”

The ambitious plans are set to be revealed at a board meeting tomorrow before going out to consultation. They will be finalised by autumn following feedback from the public, staff, GPs and various partner organisations.

However Labour Lothians MSP Sarah Boyack last night warned she wanted “to see the price tag for this vision for the future”, while Jackson Carlaw, Scottish Conservative health spokesman, said it was vital to face up to the challenges an increasing and ageing population will bring.


• Construction of a new Sick Kids at the ERI campus, with completion expected by 2017.

• Acute care will be better shared over the three main sites of the Royal Infirmary, the Western General and St John’s.

• Day-case centres will be developed to increase day-surgery capacity at the Western and/or St John’s. Outpatient services are also being re-examined.

• Access to primary care and GP services will be improved through the development of additional capacity to meet population growth with new services providing more care closer to home.
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