Hairmyres Hospital

East Kilbride

Project Value - £67m

Project Sector - Health

UK

About The Project

The new hospital has 364 acute inpatient beds and 52 day case beds with an additional 148 beds on the existing estate.  A full range of inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic and clinical support services are provided.  An integrated PACS, MRI Scanner and Cardiac Catheterisation Centre with Optimal Reperfusion service are also provided.  The hospital is one of only two in Scotland to offer an Optimal Reperfusion service.  The hospital treats in excess of 105,900 inpatients, 47,530 day cases, 357,674 outpatients and 201,395 A & E attendances per annum.  All stroke patients receive CT scans within 24 hours of admission.  Heart attack victims are given vital blood-thinning drugs within 30 minutes.  Seven out of 10 patients admitted with hip fractures are operated on within 24 hours and more than 93% of A & E patients are treated, transferred or discharged within four hours of arrival.

The building was commissioned between December 2000 and March 2001.  During this period, systems, plant, equipment and other installations were successfully tested and available for the opening.  Where problems were experienced these were jointly managed to a successful outcome.  During the period, NHS Lanarkshire also conducted successful orientation and training programmes aimed at familiarising staff with their new environment and working practices.  NHS Lanarkshire, through its own equipment procurement programme, installed £8,000,000 of equipment.

The new facilities have enabled clinical staff to provide a high quality of care associated with the high quality environment resulting in improved functional relationships.  A number of significant building and equipment changes have been successfully completed since opening.  E.g. a second Cardiac Catheterisation Lab, installation of an MRI Scanner and creation of an Oncology Day Centre with the most significant recent change being the extension to the Cardiac Catheterisation Department to include an Optimal Reperfusion service.  In addition, all parties worked jointly to ensure minimum disruption to clinical services associated with a programme of post construction works in Theatres, Radiology, and Outpatients and to systems such as security, drainage and acoustics.  There have also been a number of re-configurations of clinical services, which have been assisted by the highly flexible ward layout and design features of the building.

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