New Monklands Hospital: public consultation enters final week


One more week now remains for patients and staff to give their views in the public consultation on NHS Lanarkshire’s plans for the new hospital on farmland at Wester Moffat.

Project staff and healthcare experts describe the proposals for the new £400 million facility as an “exciting vision for a modern hospital fit for the 21st century” and one which will use layout, landscape and digital technology to provide “the best patient experience”.

The consultation closes on March 29, with all feedback being collated into a report which will form part of the official planning application to be submitted to North Lanarkshire Council later this year.

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Monklands replacement project director Graeme Reid says: “The new hospital will be an exemplar net-zero hospital for Scotland providing a sustainable future for all.

“[It] will also be part of a digital healthcare campus using modern methods to maximize patient safety, access to services and user experience.

“The development of the hospital will be a catalyst for regeneration and employment, and the new build will deliver employment and training opportunities to the local area and beyond.”

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He was speaking in a video forming part of the online consultation website, which outlines information about the chosen site and the new building’s “village” design concept, plus road and travel links, parking and active travel.

It also sees clinical lead Dr Jim Ruddy highlight the importance of the “very large ground floor” co-locating key departments, saying: “We have the opportunity to deliver the best clinical care for our patients throughout Lanarkshire and the local population.

“The move will help our ambitions to reduce reliance on in-patient beds by increasing day case and outpatient treatments; on a new large site we can create the ideal hospital to offer the most modern care [and] our vision for a new clinical model putting patient care at the center of everything we do is now closer to a reality.”

Clinical lead nurse Fiona Cowan added: “Design development has focused on the user experience for patients, staff and visitors – making the spaces human-scaled and person-centred has been a key element.

“This is focused on groupings of blocks in a village plan, designed around a civic space providing the hospital with its identity as well as its means of easy orientation and wayfinding.

“Emphasis on the landscape design is to create a natural environment in keeping with the surrounding woodland-edged context; the landscape of the new Monklands hospital will provide users with high-quality spaces fit for a modern healthcare facility.”

Karen Goudie, who is Monklands’ chief of nursing services, said: “We have an incredible future ahead of us with the design and building of our state-of-the-art hospital in Wester Moffat.

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“This is a really important venture for us to create an environment where staff can flourish [with] the support not only of the technology that we will provide to help them keep patients safe, but in an environment that looks after their wellbeing.

“Our ambition is to create a hospital that has the highest level of digital technology; it’s an exciting part of history for Monklands Hospital.”

Design lead Donna McHenry showcased the “digital hospital” proposals for Monklands, saying: “Technology will be used to allow patients to access care advice and to navigate their way through our hospital.

“This hospital will ensure safer, better patient care and value for staff and patients through the use of digital technology and real-time information to support an efficient and effective patient journey.

“[It] will be safer due to the new digital systems we will have in place to support patients and their clinical teams; this will also enable our clinicians to be mobile and connected wherever they are on site.”

The public consultation runs until March 29 at, with the project website also including sections of information on the proposals plus frequently-asked questions.

Feedback can be submitted online, by emailing [email protected], calling 01698 752320 or by writing to Freepost RTEJ-HZLK-AETZ, Communications Department, NHS Lanarkshire, Kirklands, Fallside Road, Bothwell G71 8BB.

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