Preparatory works on a new £163 million Aberdeen hospital and cancer treatment centre are set to begin this autumn.
NHS Grampian chief executive Malcolm Wright told a meeting of the health board yesterday that an outline business case for the Baird Family Hospital and Anchor Centre at the Foresterhill Health Campus has been approved.
The outline plans, which have been developed over the last three years, went before Scottish Ministers for their approval.
Mr Wright said: “We are looking to start work on the site in autumn of this year.
“The full final business case will happen in parallel with that.”
The new Baird Hospital is expected to replace the existing Aberdeen Maternity Hospital from 2021, while the Anchor Centre will provide out-patient and day-patient investigation and treatment facilities for those with cancer.
North-east Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald said progress on delivering the new facilities was “very welcome”.
He added: “It allows NHS Grampian to go forward with their plans for upgrading the quality of services at Foresterhill.
“It will also be very important for the major trauma centre as it will make the site the biggest and best health campus in the country.”
Mr Macdonald added that the new facilities would help to tackle issues recruiting medical staff to the area.
He said: “I think it’s one of the key things, especially for young doctors who are quite mobile.
“They will go where the work is most interesting.”
Mr Wright also shared with board members that Aberdeen, along with Dundee, are both on schedule to have major trauma centres up and running by autumn this year.
As reported in yesterday’s Evening Express, progress is “well under way” on delivering the Aberdeen centre, which will form part of a national network across Scotland.
NHS Grampian said the “groundbreaking centre” will play a “key role” in delivering specialist trauma care in the north of the country.
Centres in both Edinburgh and Glasgow will be scheduled for operation over the next three to four years.