Scotland's new £842m hospital opens its doors to first patients
The first patients arrived at South Glasgow University Hospital, one of the biggest in Europe, on Monday morning.
Scotland's new £842m hospital has opened its doors to its first patients.
The first patients arrived at South Glasgow University Hospital (SGUH), one of the biggest in Europe, on Monday morning.
The hospital is now ready to serve the people of Glasgow and the first surgical and orthopaedic patients attended their appointments at the state-of-the-art facility.
The new adult acute SGUH will see patients and staff move in a phased timetable with the majority of adult acute services being in place at the new hospital by the end of May.
The new Royal Hospital for Sick Children will see staff and patients move in June. One of the first patients to arrive the new hospital was Linda Gordon.
She said: "I think the hospital is amazing. It is so futuristic and the space and light is brilliant. This is how a hospital should look."
Robert Calderwood, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde chief executive, said: "The new SGUH and new RHSC have been a long time in the planning and construction, and I am delighted that they are now complete and the first outpatients are being seen today.
"The completion of this Scottish Government funded project has been a major accomplishment and is testament to every single individual who has worked on this project since the blueprints were first drawn up.
"It is now all about the patients and we hope they are as pleased with the new hospitals as we are.
While the migration of all services will be phased over the next two months when both hospitals are fully operational they will revolutionise healthcare for patients."
Cabinet secretary for health, wellbeing and sport, Shona Robison, said: "This is a significant day for NHS Scotland, and in particular for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
"Building Scotland’s largest ever hospital has been a long and complex challenge, so bringing this project in on time and on budget is a real achievement in itself.
"Today, all that work finally comes to fruition as we welcome the first patients for their appointments.
These are state-of-the-art facilities, at the forefront of the latest advances in healthcare, and will transform the care patients receive from their NHS.
"The Scottish Government has invested £842m in this project, which will provide patients with access to services for all ages on a single site - bringing with it increased efficiency, shorter waiting times and better continuity of care.
"It is part of over £2bn of government investment in Scotland’s health infrastructure over the four years to 2016, demonstrating our commitment to providing modern, state-of-the-art NHS facilities for patients."
The adult hospital features 1109 patient rooms which all have an external window and are equipped to the highest standards with private shower and toilet facilities, free television, radio and Wi-Fi.
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