First glimpse of Scotland's latest hospital projects

Video launch provides behind-the-scenes look at the new Baird Family Hospital and ANCHOR Centre

Work has started on the development of the ANCHOR Centre, a specialist new unit for oncology and haematology day and outpatient services

Patients and staff have been given a sneak preview of Scotland’s latest hospital development projects, with the launch of a video ‘fly through’ of the proposed new Baird Family Hospital and ANCHOR Centre.

NHS Grampian’s virtual launch gives members of the public and hospital staff the chance to see the new facilities for the first time.

The £233.2m project, which started on site in January, will provide two state-of-the-art health centres serving the people of the north east and north of Scotland, including the Northern Isles.

The scheme includes a new 26,000sq m specialist women’s health research facility complete with a hotel, maternity, gynaecology, neonatal and non-clinical support services.

The 5,500sq m ANCHOR Centre will deliver compassionate care for oncology and haematology day and outpatients, and will include an on-site pharmacy.

It will also be home to research and teaching facilities.

Designed by NORR Architects, and being constructed by GRAHAM, the hospitals are due to open in 2023.

Commenting on the virtual event, held due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, Jackie Bremner, project director, said: “We are thrilled to be able to show the population of Grampian and the north of Scotland what these world-class facilities will look like, and how they will support patients and families through their journey of care.

A virtual launch also showed progress on the site of the Baird Family Hospital

“These hospitals will help ensure an excellent work and care environment for the people of Grampian and NHS staff for decades to come.

“The new facilities have been developed to comply with modern-day standards and reflect feedback received during hundreds of meetings and workshops involving, staff, patients, and patient groups.

“This includes, for example, 100% single-room, en-suite patient bedrooms, spacious modern outpatient and day patient accommodation, operating theatres, neonatal facilities, and a patient hotel.

“This quality environment, with improved flow, will support staff in the delivery of first-class care.”

The Baird Family Hospital includes a hotel, maternity, gynaecology, neonatal and non-clinical support services

Supported by charity partners, The Archie Foundation, Friends of ANCHOR, and the University of Aberdeen Development Trust, the launch event featured three patient stories from a neonatal mum, the chairperson of the Aberdeen branch of the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society, and a haematology patient, speaking about the benefits they believe the new facilities will bring.

Chris MacLeod, regional director for GRAHAM, said: “We have worked closely with NHS Grampian over the last four years in the development of the new Baird Family Hospital and ANCHOR Centre.

“Today’s virtual launch event gives an exciting glimpse of the exemplar facilities which will offer the highest quality of care for years to come for the people of the north east of Scotland and beyond.”

Click here to view the video.