Work will begin on the region’s new hospital, set on the outskirts of Dumfries, immediately after the project reached a financial close this week.
The much-needed £270 million facility, located in what as deemed the most accessible spot of those put forward and just off the A75, will incorporate 100% en suite single rooms.
There will also be a combined assessment unit, theatres complex, critical care unit and out patients department.
Jeff Ace, Chief Executive, NHS Dumfries and Galloway said: “The complexity of the project is such that it’s taken us years of hard work to reach this milestone. We’ve succeeded only through the consistent support of the Scottish Government and the unstinting efforts of Julie White, our Chief Operating Officer, and her local project team. On behalf of the NHS Board I’d like to thank everyone who’s committed so much of their time and expertise to this project.
“We anticipate that our region’s new acute hospital will open to its first patients in the final quarter of 2017. In the meantime, we will continue to hold public and staff engagement events to showcase the design and to update on clinical redesign progress.”
The deal will bring with it 150 new jobs entrants, 36 modern apprenticeships and a range of opportunities for small and medium businesses.
The Outline Business Case for the project was approved in June 2013 and final plans approved by Dumfries and Galloway Council in December last year.