Shot in the arm for new hos­pi­tal

Gov­ern­ment ap­proves out­line busi­ness plan for £6.5 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment in­clud­ing two pae­di­atric the­atres and 10-bed ward

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

Con­struc­tion of the new £6.5 mil­lion chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal at Ninewells in Dundee will be­gin in July af­ter the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment ap­proved the out­line busi­ness case for the project.

The project team will now com­plete a full busi­ness plan and an­tic­i­pates con­struc­tion will take a year to com­plete.

Fundrais­ing for the project has in­cluded ini­tia­tives such as the Oor Wul­lie Bucket Trail, Beards for Bairns and the Dundee Santa Dash.

Tay­side Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal is based at Ninewells Hos­pi­tal and the new Chil­dren’s The­atre Suite will al­low a greater num­ber of chil­dren to re­ceive their surgery in a spe­cially de­signed, ded­i­cated chil­dren’s fa­cil­ity.

It will con­sist of two pae­di­atric the­atres with as­so­ci­ated pre and post­op­er­a­tive ar­eas, in­clud­ing a 10-bed ward area.

The new Chil­dren’s The­atre Suite will be lo­cated in an area ad­ja­cent to the Chil­dren’s Med­i­cal

Ward (Ward 29) and pro­vide im­proved in­te­gra­tion of pae­di­atric ser­vices.

The to­tal cost of the project is es­ti­mated to be £6.5 mil­lion, with The ARCHIE Foun­da­tion char­ity con­tribut­ing £2 mil­lion.

Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment health sec­re­tary Jeane Free­man said: “I am pleased that the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has been able to ap­prove the out­line busi­ness case for this new ded­i­cated chil­dren’s the­atre suite. I look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing the full busi­ness case next year.”

NHS Tay­side chair­man John Brown said: “We are ex­tremely pleased that we are now one step closer to start­ing work on the new chil­dren’s the­atre suite.

“This ded­i­cated chil­dren’s fa­cil­ity will mean many more chil­dren will now be cared for in a child-friendly en­vi­ron­ment which has been de­signed by putting chil­dren at the heart of their care.

“From the ear­li­est stage in the de­vel­op­ment of this new fa­cil­ity The ARCHIE Foun­da­tion char­ity has com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing this project.

“The char­ity aims to con­trib­ute ad­di­tional de­sign el­e­ments to the new fa­cil­ity which will fur­ther en­hance our young pa­tients’ and their fam­i­lies’ ex­pe­ri­ence of the Tay­side Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.”

David Wood, chief ex­ec­u­tive of The ARCHIE Foun­da­tion, said: “It’s won­der­ful to see progress be­ing made to­wards mak­ing the Chil­dren’s The­atre Suite project a re­al­ity.

“As we work in part­ner­ship with NHS Tay­side on the plans, it’s been so great to learn so much about the dif­fer­ence that the unit will have on chil­dren, fam­i­lies and staff and we’re proud to be part of it.”

Ear­lier this week we broke news of 500 new jobs for the area cour­tesy of plans to build the Moon­raker off­shore heavy lift ves­sel.

Yes­ter­day, it was de­tails of the Tay Cities Deal agree­ment that made the head­lines, with hun­dreds of mil­lions of pounds of in­vest­ment set to pour into Courier Coun­try as a re­sult.

To­day we are de­lighted to re­port yet more good news as we re­veal a start date for the brand new £6.5 mil­lion chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal at Ninewells in Dundee.

Such pos­i­tive devel­op­ments are wel­come in­deed. The an­nounce­ment of plans to close the Miche­lin fac­tory rep­re­sented a grim start to Novem­ber for hun­dreds of lo­cal work­ers.

While re­cent devel­op­ments will do lit­tle to cheer those most in­ti­mately af­fected by that dev­as­tat­ing news, at least it sug­gests the area has a de­gree of re­silience.

The fate of so many com­mu­ni­ties nat­u­rally aligns with a sin­gle en­ter­prise.

The demise of coal min­ing, for ex­am­ple, has con­tin­ued to have a last­ing and ad­verse legacy in parts of the coun­try, not least west Fife.

For any area to truly thrive in eco­nomic terms it needs to of­fer not just a wide ar­ray of op­por­tu­ni­ties for em­ploy­ment, but also a so­phis­ti­cated de­gree of ser­vices.

Adding an­other string to Ninewells’ not in­con­sid­er­able bow will be good news for every­body in Tay­side and Fife.

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