344-bed hospital in Scotland took two-and-a-half years to build, completed on time and within budget

344-bed hospital in Scotland took two-and-a-half years to build, completed on time and within budget
The transfer to the new hospital is expected to take three days to complete. * NBBJ/PAUL MCMULLIN photos
The transfer to the new hospital is expected to take three days to complete. * NBBJ/PAUL MCMULLIN photos

(BBC) — A new multi-million pound general hospital has opened in Dumfries.

The transfer of patients, staff and medical services into the facility is expected to take three days to complete.

Two specials command and control centres are being used to help to co-ordinate the switch.

Chief executive Jeff Ace said the move would be managed as if dealing with a major emergency with risk being assessed at every stage.

The move of patients was being closely monitored

Work officially started on the new hospital back in June 2015.

The construction phase was completed on budget and on time earlier this year by the High Wood Health consortium which includes Laing O’Rourke.

Analysis: Colin Colthart, BBC Scotland, Dumfries


The 344 beds in the facility are all in single rooms

It may be one of the smallest health boards in Scotland, but NHS Dumfries and Galloway can now boast having one of the most advanced hospitals in the country.

It cost £212m, took two-and-a-half years to build and is poised to receive its first patients.

The new complex incorporates cutting-edge design and the latest technology, all with the aim of providing the highest standards of treatment and care.

Constructed at the the western end of the Dumfries by-pass, it is replacing the existing Royal Infirmary on Bankend Road which opened in 1975.

The move itself will involve a fleet of ambulances, transport vehicles and removal trucks.

Parking restrictions will be in force on surrounding streets to assist the flow of vehicles.

Police officers and community safety wardens will also be deployed to support the transition and an electronic tracking system will be used to monitor the transfer of patients.

The whole process is expected to be completed on Sunday.

It paved the way for patients to leave the existing hospital for the new facility at the Garroch roundabout.

Construction work was completed earlier this year on time and on schedule

The first day of the migration began with the opening of the accident and emergency department at the new hospital.

The move initially involved the transfer of intensive care patients.

Wards 8 and 16 were then set to make the switch along with the neonatal unit, paediatrics and maternity services.

The new hospital will retain the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary name but some services will remain on the old site, renamed the Mountainhall Treatment Centre.

The 344-bed hospital is made up entirely of single rooms, each with a computer point to allow nursing and medical staff to update patient records on the spot.

The new facility will take on the name the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

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  1. Why do you want to compare a country with Health Insurance and almost unlimited funding with one with no medical insurance and inadequate fiances to fund the opening and maintenance of a structure which cost 10 times less? Dumb ass! Is that what politicians teach people to do or to think?


  2. I am really not impressed to make a comparison.
    These larger countries have far better building technologies than us. I mean, they can get the best materials and erect structure far quicker with better more efficient machinery. Machinery which will never even reach our shores far less. I bet you however, that the Chinese could have finished this hospital in maybe 1 and a half years...less time than the Europeans. So again what is your point made here? Its rather moot in my estimation


    • The valuable component must be management and skilled workmanship; with good enough machinery, competent workers can achieve state of the art projects even if it will take longer. Effective Managements on many levels (including in government) is wanting in St Lucia's case. To salvage the hospital means throwing unspecified money and goodness know what a carbuncle would be made. The question that needs to be answered: where will the next set of managers and skilled craftsmen will be coming from if they are not home grown and trained. You are right, the Chinese could do a lot cheaper and faster job when fully utilizing all their resources that means their own skilled craft persons.

      The work force that completed the Scotland hospital project if analysed you will find comprise of many qualified Eastern Europeans work force (the new skilled migrants) and few Scottish local workers who are generally unskilled and more expensive to employ


  3. Stop playing with the people of this country. The last administration tie up this hospital and making people cry fowl now. Those people should bee ashame of what were have to endure now. I NOT VOTING AGAIN


    • So the current administration which started the hospital and stopped the construction when they came back in power has nothing to do this fiasco? You are not fooling anyone with that "no voting again" crap anyone can see which party you will vote for in two years time


      • What construction? The last administration had stopped its own construction, in fact they were demolishing parts of what they had built every week.


  4. Well when you have the funds you can complete a hospital is no time, when you have to source funds and raise cash through friendly donors and other means like third world countries have to, we take years...a non story...what’s your point SLT.


  5. Reading that article feel like a shot was taken at our country due to our ineptitude to do the same. It wasn't but it still stings


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