Friday, 4 July 2014

Work to begin on new community hospital

Construction of North Ayrshire’s new Acute Mental Health and Community Hospital is set to get underway on Monday, July 14th.

Balfour Beatty will begin building the new 206-ensuite-bedroom facility within the grounds of the existing Ayrshire Central Hospital in Irvine.  The development will cover the centre of the hospital site (see above graphic) and is scheduled to be complete by spring 2016.

Patients and visitors attending other parts of the existing complex are advised that both entrances to the hospital will remain open throughout the duration of the works, but that occasional restrictions may be in place when deliveries are being received.  A number of internal roads will be changed, affecting access to Pavilions 1, 2 and 3.  Signs will be in place to show the alternative routes that should be followed.

John Wright, Director for Corporate Services, said, “We are looking forward to getting started and providing the people of Ayrshire and Arran with the very best facility possible. During construction, some short-term disruption is inevitable but we will work hard to keep this to a minimum and would appreciate everyone's patience during this time.”

The facility will provide 206 beds for people who need a level of care and rehabilitation that can only be provided by a stay in hospital, including adult acute mental health; mental health and addiction rehabilitation; elderly mental health; long-term care and rehabilitation for older people; and outpatient clinics and treatments.

The development, costing £47m, is being funded through the Non-Profit Distributing model, which is managed by the Scottish Futures Trust on behalf of the SNP Scottish Government.

Scotland’s Health Secretary, SNP MSP Alex Neil, said, “This new hospital will help NHS Ayrshire & Arran achieve its goal of shifting the balance of care towards the community, so that patients can receive quality care as close to home as possible.  Investment in health is a top priority for the Scottish Government and this development is part of a £750m programme of new health infrastructure across Scotland.”

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