Go ahead for Southern General Hospital plans

03 Apr 2008


by Alan McDermid, The Herald

Work on a £28m extension to the maternity unit at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow is expected to start next month after the city council granted planning approval.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) plans to upgrade the unit as a replacement for the Queen Mother's Maternity Hospital at Yorkhill.

The health board described this as the latest milestone in an ambitious programme to improve services for mothers and babies across the city. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2009.

The plans, which are being submitted to the Scottish Government for final approval, include a three-storey extension that will increase capacity and create links with the planned new children's hospital. This will enable the unit to become one of the two maternity hospitals serving the city, alongside the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital.

Images of the redeveloped Southern General maternity hospital were released yesterday. These first glimpses, the health board said, reveal a state-of-the-art facility for mothers and babies.

Among its world-class facilities would be a brand-new foetal medicine department providing specialist diagnostic facilities. The hospital will also be a national centre for certain specialist services for newborn babies and provide state-of-the-art intensive care services.

Other key features include a new labour suite and two new obstetric theatres.

Rosslyn Crocket, NHSGGC's director of Women's and Children's Services, said: "This planning approval not only gives the green light for a state-of-the-art facility for mothers and babies in Glasgow, but also the creation of a national centre which will treat women and babies from across Scotland."

It is expected that around 5200 babies will be born at the redeveloped Southern General Maternity Hospital every year, with 78 beds for women and up to 60 cots for babies.

Reproduced with the permission of The Herald(Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.