Health boards in Scotland were allocated an additional £500m this year taking health spending in 2016-17 to a record level of almost £13 billion.
Following the opening last year of the country’s largest hospital, the new £842m South Glasgow University hospital, capital investment continues to be made in improving the infrastructure of Scotland’s healthcare estate. The increased £495 million capital investment budget for 2016-17 will support 3 major development projects. Midland Lead is proud to be supporting all of these projects in the supply of radiation shielding.
1. EDINBURGH ROYAL HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN
The £150m development of the new Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children is due to be completed in late 2017. The state-of-the-art facility will have 233 beds, 10 theatres and 10 wards. 60% of patient rooms will be single occupancy and a family hotel will provide a further 26 bedrooms. The hospital will also feature a large atrium with shops and cafes, play and relaxation areas as well as a helipad.
PRODUCTS SUPPLIED: 2000m² lead-lined plasterboard and lead strips
2. DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY ROYAL INFIRMARY HOSPITAL
The new £212m development on the outskirts of Dumfries will replace the existing Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. Construction by Laing O’Rourke Scotland Ltd began in March 2015 and the hospital is due to welcome new patients in spring 2018. The new hospital will will have the largest single rooms in Scotland. All 344 rooms boast ensuite facilities and floor to ceiling windows. The site will also have parking for 1000 cars and a helipad.
PRODUCTS SUPPLIED: 720m² Lead-lined plasterboards
3. IMAGING CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE, SOUTH GLASGOW HOSPITALS
The Imaging Centre of Excellence or ICE as the project is known, is a pioneering medical research facility located at the South Glasgow Hospitals campus. The iron mesh building will house the UK’s first 7 Telsla clinical MRI scanner which weighs 42 tonnes. The facility will form part of the new Stratified Medicine Scotland Centre, and will bring academics and clinicians together to break new boundaries in the understanding of conditions including stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis.
PRODUCTS SUPPLIED: 500m² lead-lined plasterboard and lead strips.