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New £43.6m hospital with a private room for every patient opens

The Royal Victoria Building is the first of its kind to boast all single rooms with en-suite shower and toilets.

Sign outside the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. Screen grab.
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A new £43.6m hospital with a private room for every patient has been officially opened.

The Royal Victoria Building (RVB) in Edinburgh will replace the Royal Victoria Hospital and specialise in elderly care, dermatology and rheumatology. It also has an assessment and rehabilitation centre for day and outpatients.

The facility, built on the grounds of the Western General Hospital, is the first of its kind to boast all single rooms with en-suite shower and toilets for patient privacy.

Also provided are three modern physiotherapy gyms and a specially designed courtyard garden.

It was officially opened by health minister Alex Neil on Tuesday.

Mr Neil said: "Having the right facilities in the right place is important to people across Scotland and that is why we are determined to ensure both staff and patients the length and breadth of the country can work and be treated in the best possible surroundings.

"The new Royal Victoria Building is a fantastic example of how patients are benefitting from a modern purpose-built facility, with 100% single rooms which can help to reduce infection and promote dignity for all patients.

"Continued investment in health building projects clearly sets out the strength of our commitment to the NHS in Scotland, and will mean that we can provide more sustainable, high quality and continually improving health care services close to home."

Dr Charles Winstanley, Chair, NHS Lothian, said: "This new facility marks a key stage in our continual drive to improve the care we provide for older people throughout the Lothians.

"The Royal Victoria Building is an important addition to the Western General Hospital site and has already had a positive impact on the services we provide for older people.

"The single occupancy layout gives a greater degree of privacy and helps patients feel more relaxed ideally promoting their recovery."

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