Initial site works on a new £163 million hospital and cancer treatment centre are expected to start in early November.
The new Baird Family Hospital is anticipated 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.
The NHS Grampian board will meet today to discuss progress on the multi-million project.
A report, to be considered by the board today, reveals that detailed designs for the work has been shared with the local planning authorities, adding it is “hoped” full planning approval will be granted in time for an early November start.
The site preparation works will include the demolition of the Foresterhill health centre, eye clinic and breast screening unit along with asbestos removal, car parking and road realignments.
Baird Family Hospital will offer maternity, gynaecology and breast services, as well as a neonatal unit, a centre for reproductive machines, an operating theatre suite and a range of teaching facilities.
The Anchor Centre will provide investigation and treatment services for patients with cancer and patients with blood and bone marrow disorders.
There will also be an on-site pharmacy to produce cancer treatments, as well as dedicated research and teaching facilities.
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Construction of the project is expected to begin in the spring with both buildings scheduled to be open by 2021.
Meanwhile, members of the board were also expected to hear progress on a new mental health centre for children and young people in Aberdeen when they meet today.
The Scottish Government has granted £1 million to support the redevelopment of the former Links Unit at the City Hospital in Aberdeen to house the centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
Board papers reveal construction is scheduled to start on site in November with a planned completion date at the end of March 2019.
The report said: “The ARCHIE Foundation has also been involved in the project and are planning to assist in improving the environment and atmosphere of the building for the children and families making use of the facilities.”
It is hoped the new centre will improve NHS Grampian’s position as the health board with the longest waiting times.
Latest figures from June show just 48.1% of Grampian’s patients were referred within the target waiting time of 90%.
This was down from 48.7% during the previous quarter and well below the Scotland-wide rate of 67.8%.
During the quarter ending June 2018, 337 children and young people started treatment at CAMH services in Grampian, an increase of 10.9% from the previous quarter when 304 were seen.