Western General Hospital, Renal Dialysis Unit

January 10, 2022

FES has delivered the Mechanical, Electrical and Infrastructure installation to a new Renal Dialysis Unit at Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, in partnership with Robertson Construction Central East and NHS Lothian.

The new renal unit forms part of The Western General Hospital Programme of Works which was procured through NHS Frameworks Scotland 2 and awarded to RMF Health – a consortium consisting of Robertson Construction and FES.

The objective of this NHS Lothian project was to increase the capacity for the delivery of dialysis treatment, to meet the increasing demand.  The facility will treat patients from the north and west of the city, while being more comfortable and welcoming for visitors and staff.

The project involved the construction of a new two storey building in the South-East corner of the WGH. The new unit provides a modern, fully compliant 12 station dialysis unit with treatment bays and isolation rooms: enough treatment space for up to 72 patients.

The Mechanical and Electrical design and installation captured the requirements of the client brief in providing essential clinical services and environmental conditions to offer comfortable surroundings for patients staff and visitors, whilst also factoring extensively glazed elevations, which were designed to enhance the ambience of treatment areas, and others by bring the outside in.

With multiple projects taking place under the Programme of Works, FES also undertook significant site infrastructure upgrades under another strand of the contract. This encompassed the design and installation of a new district heating network which tied into the renal project to serve the new facility.   

Alan Joyce, FES Group, Pre Construction Director, said “Under the joint venture between FES Group and Robertson Construction Group, in the form of RMF Health, we have been working our way through a complex programme of new build and refurbishment projects to support NHS Lothian in enhancing their service provision on the Western General campus.

Within the programme of works, we have also been upgrading and installing new elements of key MEP and utility infrastructure to provide distribution of new services to the newly built, newly refurbished and existing Western General assets.”

David Cairns, Regional Managing Director, Robertson Construction Central East, said: “The new renal unit is one of several projects we have delivered at the Western General Hospital, on behalf of RMF Health, over the last 2 years whilst the hospital has remained a live environment. 

“We’re also progressing a number of other projects with RMF Health which will provide first class facilities for the hospital.”  

Dr Caroline Whitworth, Consultant Nephrologist explains: “Patients can expect to spend between 12 and 18 hours per week on dialysis so having a welcoming, peaceful and comfortable place to do dialysis is really important.We’re already seeing the positive impact this fantastic new facility is having on patients and staff.  The clinical areas is as light and airy as possible, but also more peaceful, giving patients a much better experience. The unit will be a great benefit for patients for years to come.”

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