A topping out ceremony has taken place at the new Dumfries and Galloway hospital, signifying the building has reached the highest point in its construction.
The workforce was congratulated on their commendable achievement in getting to this stage, and for remaining on schedule with a fast paced construction programme.
The event also marked another milestone, one year from now the keys to the new build will be handed over to NHS Dumfries and Galloway.
Guests arrived in celebratory style to the sound of a local school orchestra playing from the main foyer of the new hospital, and a highlight of the event was a tour round a general ward kitted out as it will be when the hospital opens.
Jeff Ace, Chief Executive for NHS Dumfries and Galloway said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the topping out of the new build at this very special event.
“We are highly impressed with High Wood Health and their construction partner Laing O’Rourke for delivery of the new build on schedule, and to the highest standard.
“This is a very exciting time for all involved in the new hospital project as it moves us one step closer to seeing our vision for a fantastic new facility for our patients and staff become a reality.”
“The new hospital project has delivered all anticipated community benefits in terms of new jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities and we’ll continue to maximise these gains over the coming year.”
“We would like to thank our partners in the project and also note the Board’s appreciation of the work of our Project Team, and of all the clinical and support staff who have worked with them, on this huge change programme. I hope they will all take great pride in their contribution to creating this world class facility.”
The £212 million facility is set to open in December 2017 with 344 single bedded en-suite rooms for every patient and includes a combined assessment unit, theatres complex, critical care unit, women’s and children’s unit and outpatients department.
The most advanced technology, integral to the facility, will enable efficient and effective diagnostics and treatment for every patient. Staff will work in an environment that will enable them to maximise putting their skills, expertise and experience into practice to deliver the highest standard of care for patients.
Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “This is an important and exciting milestone to have reached on one of NHS Scotland’s biggest capital projects. Over £200 million is being invested in this brand new hospital and, once complete, the facility will be at the forefront of delivering the most modern, advanced NHS care.
“The new hospital will transform the way services are provided to local patients in Dumfries and Galloway and I am very much looking forward to seeing the new facility once it is complete next year.”