HC Deb 25 April 1972 vol 835 cc254-6W
Mr. MacArthur

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on an extension to the hospital building programme.

Mr. Gordon Campbell

The programme of major hospital building projects, which was announced on 20th April, 1970, was augmented by the additional schemes which I announced on 22nd June, 1971. This has enabled the preliminary planning of major schemes to proceed. Because the planning time required for some of the large schemes can be as much as four or five years, it has now become desirable to extend the programme, though work on the additional schemes may not start on the ground until the later years of this decade. I am therefore authorising regional hospital boards to put in hand at the appropriate times the planning of the major schemes listed below which will comprise bands V and VI of the programme. The bands do not relate to financial or calendar years and schemes can be moved from one band to another if progress on planning or medical and other developments make this necessary.

The list includes only the major hospital schemes selected by me after consultation with regional boards. In addition certain smaller schemes which are of high priority have been accepted for financing from the central programme when they can be fitted in and regional boards are being authorised to proceed with the planning of these schemes.

In addition to the schemes in the central programme, regional boards finance from their ordinary building programme allocations smaller schemes selected by them on their own decisions about priorities and it is envisaged that a similar arrangement will apply when health boards have been set up.


Northern Region

Craig Dunain Hospital—Modernisation and replacement to relieve overcrowding in the only psychiatric hospital in the Northern region.

North-Eastern Region

Royal Cornhill Hospital—First phase of 600 bed unit to replace existing accommodation.

Eastern Region

Geriatric services, Perth—Development of geriatric services in Perthshire including a new assessment Unit and day hospital at Perth Royal Infirmary.

South-Eastern Region

Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Maternity Unit, Edinburgh—Replacement hospital of about 250 beds and maternity unit of about 100 beds planned to be built on Western General Hospital site.

Borders District General Hospital—About 200 general beds on Huntlyburn site.

West Fife District General Hospital—Rationalisation of hospital services in Dunfermline area.

Western Region

Southern General Hospital, Glasgow—Replacement of existing ward accommodation and supporting diagnostic and other services.

Replacement psychiatric beds; Lanarkshire—Replacement of psychiatric beds to relieve overcrowding particularly at Hartwood. Sites or relationship with general hospitals not yet determined.

Mental deficiency services in Ayrshire—A new unit of about 240 beds to contribute to the need in Ayrshire; site not yet finalised.

Oban District General Hospital—A new District General Hospital to replace the four existing hospitals.

Foresthall Hospital, Glasgow—Contribution towards replacement of a former Poor Law Hospital, of 500+ beds on a number of sites. Some of the replacement units may be provided before Band V by Regional Hospital Board out of their own programme.


North-Eastern Region

Balfour Hospital, Kirkwall—Replacement of temporary ward accommodation and central services.

Eastern Region

Ninewells Hospital—Provision for transfer of remaining services from Dundee Royal Infirmary and its closure.

South-Eastern Region

Psychiatric Services, Edinburgh—Balance of beds required for Edinburgh and Midlothian.

Western Region

Rutherglen District General Hospital—To allow the rationalisation of hospital services on the south and east of Glasgow.

Replacement psychiatric beds; Glasgow—Replacement of psychiatric beds to relieve overcrowding. Sites and relationship with general hospitals not yet determined, but to be designed to serve needs of the North West Glasgow, Clydebank area.

Crichton Royal Hospital MD Unit—First phase of MD Unit for South-West Scotland.

Stobhill—redevelopment—Contribution towards Regional Hospital Board programme for redevelopment of the hospital which includes upgrading general wards, improvement of laboratory accommodation and replacement of the out-patient department.

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