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Ogilvie completes £10 million health project

OGILVIE Construction has handed over the key to a revitalised hospital in north east Fife.

Adamson hospital – and the adjoining Cupar Health Centre – were extended and refurbished in a £10 million project by Ogilvie, working for NHS Fife.

At a ceremony to mark the completion of the redevelopment, Arthur Morris, the chairman of Glenrothes and North East Fife Community Health Partnership, accepted a giant key to the hospital from Martin Lalley, contracts manager at Ogilvie Construction.

Mr Morris said: “I am delighted to see the new Adamson Hospital coming to fruition. The superb redevelopment of the old hospital, with the additional new build, will provide improved facilities which will be an asset to the local community.”

Mr Lalley added: “This was an exciting project for us and we’re really pleased with the final results. The hospital continued to operate during the construction phase. It was therefore essential that we had a good working relationship with NHS Fife, as we were delivering a building in a ‘live environment’. We hope the new-look facilities at Adamson will prove popular with local people.”

The redevelopment works, which were completed in two phases, allow a wide range of health services to be delivered in modernised and enhanced facilities.

The upgraded health centre is already occupied by local GP practices, whilst the outpatient department, treatment room and minor injuries services have been operational since July 2011. Remaining services, which temporarily relocated to nearby Stratheden Hospital during the redevelopment work, are expected to move back to Adamson shortly.

The hospital was named after Alexander Adamson, who left money in his will to set up a village hospital in Ceres, near Cupar. The Adamson Institution was opened in 1877. It the early 1900s, the Adamson Trust was merged with the Cupar Sick Poor Nursing Association. A new cottage hospital was then opened at the current site at Bank Street, Cupar, in December 1904.

As well as Ogilvie, the Adamson refurbishment team included jmarchitects in Edinburgh; Turner and Townsend as project managers/lead consultant (as well as cost managers); Edinburgh and Glasgow-based RSP Consulting Engineers; and the Glasgow office of consultancy Grontmij, acting as structural engineers.

Ogilvie Construction, part of the Ogilvie Group is one of the leading building firms in Scotland. It works throughout Scotland and North England. Further information is available at http://www.ogilvie.co.uk

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact
– Adrian Mahoney, PR Consultant for Ogilvie Construction
Tel: 01506 823714 or 07967 150560
E: Adrian@theprstore.net

– Ruth Lonie, Communications Manager, Communications Department, NHS Fife Hayfield House, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy
Tel: 01592 647971 Ext: 21749
E: ruth.lonie@nhs.net

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Ogilvie completes work on £9 million project

OGILVIE Construction has completed building work on a £9 million project to extend and refurbish the former Chalmers Hospital in Edinburgh into a new Sexual Health Centre.

The new NHS Lothian facility opened its doors to the public on June 7, 2011.

The historic building has served the people of Lothian for over 140 years. The renovation and extension maintained the character of the original hospital at the same time creating a modern and spacious city centre health centre. The revamped building includes a “living” roof made of sedum and solar panels.

Dr Gordon Scott of NHS Lothian said he was delighted to see the new centre open. “Our new home will allow us to deliver a seamless service for the public, where, for example patients can receive advice on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and contraception at the same time,” he said.

The full story is on the NHS Lothian website http://bit.ly/ojcs9v

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New Year start for £10 million hospital project

BUILDING work is starting in the New Year on a £10 million project to modernise Adamson Hospital in Cupar, Fife. Ogilvie Construction is carrying out the work on behalf of NHS Fife.

Construction work is expected to start at the Bank Street site in early January – with an official sod cutting ceremony taking place on January 11.

The project – which also involves the revamp of the adjoining Cupar Health Centre – is expected to be fully completed by October 2011.

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In recent weeks, in-patients from the hospital have been moved to neighbouring NHS facilities. Preparatory work and surveys have also been undertaken in the run-up to the construction phase getting underway.

However, some out patient services, as well as GP services, will remain on site during the redevelopment work. The Cupar Dental Access Centre, next to the hospital, will also operate as normal and should be unaffected by work on site.

The project aims to provide a ‘one stop shop’ to meet the healthcare needs of residents in Cupar and the surrounding area.

This will include consultant outpatient services, a minor injuries service, diagnostic services, such as X-ray and ultrasound, physiotherapy and paediatric services. The site will also offer enhanced GP services, including speech and language therapy and podiatry.

Phil McEwan, managing director of Ogilvie Construction, said: “We’re delighted to win this contract, which will create a state-of-the-art facility for people in the north east of Fife.

“The project will include new build as well as the modernisation of existing buildings, and also the removal of asbestos from the site. Various parts of the complex will also be demolished to make way for the new-look centre.
Construction work is starting in January 2010.

“The first phase will focus on Adamson Hospital, with patients decanted to alternative accommodation to allow work to start.

“The second phase – to start in 2011 – will refurbish the adjoining Cupar Health Centre. This will be managed to allow the health centre to continue operating during the refurbishment work.

“We anticipate the building work will take around 86 weeks to complete in total. We should be finished by the middle of August 2011; with the project finally completed for the NHS by October 2011.”

The construction contract is worth £5.4 million. The remainder of the £10 million total cost will be spent fitting out the revamped premises and ancilliary works.

Graham Watson, chairman of the Glenrothes & North East Fife Community Health Partnership, said: “I am extremely pleased that the project to bring the Adamson Hospital up to a modern day standard has got underway. The interim arrangements are working quite well. Patients and staff at Springfield (a neighbouring NHS site) have settled in and those remaining at the Adamson site are managing to work round the on-going construction work.

“The updated Adamson will be very much worth the temporary inconvenience.”

The hospital was named after Alexander Adamson, who left money in his will to set up a village hospital in Ceres, near Cupar. The Adamson Institution was opened in 1877. It the early 1900s, the Adamson Trust was merged with the Cupar Sick Poor Nursing Association. A new cottage hospital was then opened at the current site at Bank Street, Cupar, in December 1904.

As well as Ogilvie, the Adamson refurbishment team includes Turner and Townsend as project managers/lead consultant (as well as cost managers); Edinburgh and Glasgow-based RSP Consulting Engineers; the Glasgow office of consultancy Grontmij, acting as structural engineers; and jmarchitects in Edinburgh.

Ogilvie Construction, part of the Ogilvie Group, is one of the leading building firms in Scotland. The privately-owned business has its head office in Stirling, employs more than 400 people and has an annual turnover of around £100 million. It works throughout Scotland and the North of England.

Find out more at http://www.ogilvie.co.uk

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact
– Adrian Mahoney, PR Consultant for Ogilvie Construction
Tel: 01506 823714 or 07967 150560
– Sue Bowman, Business Development Director, Ogilvie Construction
Tel: 01786 812273
– Sheena Pirrie, Senior Communications Officer/Project
Manager, NHS Fife,
Room 521 Hayfield House, Kirkcaldy. Tel: 01592 647971 Extension 8471

** CAD drawings of how the site could look are courtesy of jmarchitects, Edinburgh.

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environment, health, public sector

Green MSP to mark hospital’s environmental work

The joint leader of the Scottish Green Party is to plant a tree at St. John’s Hospital in Livingston today (Monday, May 23).

MSP Robin Harper will mark the hospital’s accreditation with ISO 14001 – an international award given to organisations which demonstrate high environmental standards.

Mr Harper, whose regional constituency covers Livingston, is expected to attend a ceremony at St. John’s around 12 noon. He will present the ISO certificate to staff before planting an oak tree in the grounds.

Mr Harper said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be in a position to present this accreditation to St. John’s Hospital. I have visited the hospital many times over the last six years and was very impressed by its sound commitment to environmental management.

“I hope other hospitals in Scotland follow in their footsteps.”

The hospital worked to control its impact on the environment to gain the coveted certificate, reducing harmful emissions and waste and increasing recycling. Staff were also given help and advice to be “greener” through pages on the hospital intranet.

Over a two year period, from 2001/02 up to 2003/04, St. John’s reduced clinical waste by six per cent and other waste by 16.4 per cent. The hospital is now working through an agreed improvement programme, including the reduction of greenhouse gases.

NHS Lothian Director of Facilities John Jack said he was pleased to get the ISO accreditation. He said: “This is a great success for St. John’s.”

The ISO 14001 standard is awarded by BSI British Standards – the national standards body of the UK, responsible for facilitating, drafting, publishing and marketing British Standards and other guidelines.

Organisations interested in finding out more about the standard, and how they can gain it can visit the British Standard’s website at http://emea.bsi-global.com/Environment

Information is also available on the Scottish Executive website at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Government/18823/15167

NOTE TO NEWSDESKS/PICTURE DESKS
· You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to the event on Monday, May 23. · The speeches will be held inside the hospital in the first floor common room around 12.30 p.m. on Monday, May 23, with the tree planting outside around 12.45 p.m./1 p.m. A buffet lunch will be served. · Visiting media should report to the main hospital reception, where they will be given directions.

Issued by ADRIAN MAHONEY of The PR Store
on behalf of NHS Lothian Communications

NHS Lothian Communications
T: 0131 536 9006

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New staff and equipment to treat bone diseases

LOTHIAN health chiefs are investing in new staff and equipment to help people with the bone disease osteoporosis.

A second hi-tech scanner to detect and treat the disease is being set up at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

Local GPs will soon be able to refer patients directly for tests using the high-tech equipment. This will avoid patients having to wait to see a hospital consultant beforehand – and reduce waiting times.

The new scanner is expected to be operational within the next few months.

Brian Cavanagh, chairman of NHS Lothian, said: “As soon as the equipment and specialist support staff are in place, all GPs will for the first time be able to directly refer patients for scanning.”

Early detection can be crucial to the treatment of osteoporosis, which weakens bones by making them porous. This can lead to hip fractures and other bone injuries.

Older women are particularly susceptible to the disease; however it can also affect men.

Professor Stuart Ralston, lead osteoporosis physician in Lothian, said: “Hip fractures, in particular, are an increasing cause of severe disability, even death, and we must do all we can to minimise these. The over-50 population is rising so it is important that we continually review our approaches and ensure best practice.”

Issued by ADRIAN MAHONEY of The PR Store
on behalf of NHS Lothian

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Edinburgh mums top breastfeeding poll

Mothers in Edinburgh lead the way in Scotland when it comes to breastfeeding.

New research has shown the capital has the highest percentage of mothers breastfeeding their babies more than six weeks after birth.

The research, compiled by the NHS in Scotland, compared health board and council areas across Scotland.

The survey found that 56.4 per cent of new mums in the City of Edinburgh council area continued breastfeeding for six to eight weeks after birth. The lowest area in Scotland was North Lanarkshire with just 23.2 per cent.

NHS Lothian chair Brian Cavanagh said the statistics were encouraging. “Women who breastfeed have a reduced risk of breast cancer, overian cancer and even hip fractures in later life.

“They also reduce the risk of their child having things like chest and ear infections – and diabetes. I’m encouraged that mothers in Edinburgh have picked up this message and continue to breastfeed their children beyond six weeks.

“They’re benefiting themselves and their children.”

Back in 1994, the Government set a national target to improve the rates of breastfeeding amongst mothers. The aim was to get more than 50 per cent of women continuing to breastfeed their babies at six-weeks-old – to be achieved by 2005.

While the Edinburgh Council area has broken through the 50 per cent barrier (according to the latest statistics for 2004) – the average figure for the Lothians area is 46.9 per cent.

Mr Cavanagh said: “A lower percentage of mothers in other parts of the Lothians were breastfeeding beyond six weeks and this brought the overall regional percentage down. The East Lothian figure was 43.8 per cent, Midlothian 34.6 per cent and West Lothian, 33.2 per cent. Clearly we have some work to do in these areas, encouraging more new mums to breastfeed their children.”

Karla Napier, an infant feeding advisor at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, said: “We’ve put a lot of effort into promoting breastfeeding to new mothers. Although around 75 per cent of women here breastfeed after birth, many stop before six weeks because there are uncomfortable, or don’t think the baby is gaining weight.

“With some support – including teaching them better positions to breastfeed – we’re helping mums breastfeed longer. This benefits them and their babies. We have an comprehensive programme, including an excellent video to support breastfeeding.”

Ms Napier, who works with hospital midwives and neo-natal staff, said there was no clear explanation why areas surrounding Edinburgh had lower levels of breastfeeding.

“There may be more social acceptance and support of breastfeeding in city areas,” said Ms Napier. “We’ve probably got more middle class mothers with stronger support to carry on breastfeeding. Surrounding areas may have more social deprivation and less tolerance of breastfeeding. Given the new law on breastfeeding no mother should feel uncomfortable breastfeeding in public.”

In March this year, a new Scottish law came into force giving mums the right to breastfeed in public.

Businesses like bars and shopping centres who stop nursing mothers from feeding their babies risk a fine of up to £2,500.

The new Breastfeeding (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament last November. The new law covers breastfeeding women as well as anyone feeding milk to toddlers in licensed premises where children are already allowed to enter.

* New mothers who want help and advice on breastfeeding can attend a drop-in clinic for free support at the Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health at Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. The clinic runs from 12 noon to 4 p.m. every Tuesday. For more information call 0131 242 2490.

Issued by ADRIAN MAHONEY of The PR Store
on behalf of NHS Lothian

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New health complex in Midlothian

A NEW health centre in Midlothian opened its doors to patients today (Monday, May 16).

The new Bonnyrigg Health Centre provides homes for three GP practices, along with district nurses, health visitors, midwives, physiotherapists and other health workers.

The building, at 109-111 High Street, replaces the existing centre at 35-37 High Street.

David White, the general manager of the Midlothian Health Care Co-operative, said the new facility would integrate a number of area health services under one roof. “It’s not just good news for Bonnyrigg, but the whole of the Midlothian area.”

He added: “There are plans to offer a dedicated room to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and to provide physiotherapy from Bonnyrigg Health Centre in a much improved setting.

“There are also a couple of consulting rooms to allow clinical teams based here and visiting specialists to see patients from the Bonnyrigg, Rosewell and Loanhead area. The new centre will house nail surgery for the whole of Midlothian and the ultra-sound scanning machine currently located in Dalkeith will be relocated to one of the midwife’s rooms in Bonnyrigg, probably in June.”

The new centre will also be home to the Midlothian Dementia Team; The Midlothian Care of the Elderly Community Mental Health Team; The Midlothian Community Learning Disabilities Team; The Midlothian Rehabilitation (OT) Team; The Midlothian Domiciliary Physiotherapy Service; and The Midlothian Dietetics Team.

Previously these teams were located in a range of premises inside and outside Midlothian. Bringing them together in one location will make it easier for medical staff to co-ordinate patient care.

The one service NOT moving to the new premises will be the area’s out of hours clinic. It will continue to operate from the old health centre at 35-37 High Street, Bonnyrigg, for the time being.

A number of new phone numbers have been set up for teams moving to the new centre. However, patients have been told that phone numbers for local family doctors and practice nurse appointments will remain the same.

An NHS Lothian spokesman said the new centre planned to run normal daytime services from today (Monday, May 16). “However, it will be a very busy time for staff as they settle into their new home – so please bear with them,” said the spokesman.

The NHS Lothian Board member for Midlothian, Councillor Danny Molloy, said: “As well as providing a new home for the old health centre, the new base brings a number of area health teams together. It will provide better facilities for staff and patients in Midlothian.”

Issued by ADRIAN MAHONEY of The PR Store
on behalf of NHS Lothian

health, public sector

Companies urged to follow TV chef Jamie

TV chef Jamie Oliver started the healthy eating revolution with children . . . now companies are being urged to follow suit.

Staff at NHS Lothian are offering free advice and training to help local firms introduce healthy food in staff canteens. Businesses are also being given advice on other staff health issues.

Sue Muir of Lothian’s health promotion team said: “Jamie Oliver has shown that healthy school food can improve children’s behaviour and their work in the classroom. The same goes for adults. Eating good food and adopting a healthy lifestyle at work can reduce staff absenteeism, improve performance – and cut costs like sick pay.

“We have a simple message for local employers: investing in the health of your staff can be the best investment you’ll make.”

The latest UK figures, for 2003/04, show that 39 million work days were lost due to work-related ill-health – and that 2.2 million people were suffering from health problems linked to their jobs. In 2002, the CBI put the cost to UK firms for staff sickness at £12 billion a year.

Health chiefs in Lothian believe with the right kind of support, the costly trend can be reversed – and that firms will see big benefits.

Mrs Muir added: “We give advice and training to employers to help them make their businesses better – and more healthy – places to work.”

NHS Lothian staff give advice on a range of issues – from healthy eating and improving fitness to dealing with smoking.

“Changes employers could make might include improving the canteen menu or introducing subsidised gym membership to get staff to be more active,” said Mrs Muir.

“The support we offer is free of charge … and changes needn’t be costly for employers to implement. Employers who work with us certainly reap the benefits.”

Any companies, large or small, interested in getting help should contact Lothian’s health promotion team on 0131 536 3508.

Companies who adopt healthier practices can also register for the Scotland?s Health At Work award – a free, national programme to encourage healthy workplaces. Seventy per cent of companies who have taken part found that staff health had improved. More details are at http://www.shaw.uk.com

To find out more about Jamie Oliver?s campaign to get better school dinners, visit his website at http://www.feedmebetter.com

Issued by ADRIAN MAHONEY of The PR Store
on behalf of NHS Lothian

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£8m health complex treats 50,000 patient

A PIONEERING Lothian health complex has treated its 50,000th patient.

The £8 million Leith Community Treatment Centre, just off Great Junction Road, was opened last July by the then health minister Malcolm Chisholm.

It provides a wide range of outpatient and day services for adults and children living in Leith and surrounding areas of north-east Edinburgh. Until it opened, many patients had to travel across the city to access services from a range of hospitals.

More than 250 people – made up of dedicated staff and visiting doctors and clinicians – work from the centre, delivering services like radiology, physiotherapy, blood tests, and minor surgery. The centre also has a dedicated day hospital for elderly people, offering assessment and rehabilitation treatments, including a gym.

The centre – bringing hospital services to the heart of the city – is the first of its kind in Scotland. Health bosses say it helps patients by providing vital NHS care closer to their homes.

Brian Cavanagh, Chair of NHS Lothian, said: “We are extremely proud of the success of the treatment centre, which means many people can get things like physiotherapy or minor operations, without having to travel out of Leith to the different hospitals.

“We have a terrific team at the centre and I’d like to thank them for all their hard work over the past year. Here’s to treating the next 50,000 patients.”

Consultants from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Western General Hospital visit the treatment centre run outpatient clinics.

Other services on offer include ECGs, midwifery, help for people with learning disabilities, and X-rays.

The Community Treatment Centre (CTC) is also the base for: old age psychiatry and alcohol services; community dental services (for patients with special needs); speech and language therapy for children; podiatry (foot care); school nurses; and social workers. There’s even a WRVS shop.

The centre is also home to a team of porters and cleaners and an estates team responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the facility.

At first the treatment centre was earmarked to open in a refurbished Leith Hospital. But then a brownfield site in Junction Place became available, allowing the CTC to be purpose-built from scratch, with patient comfort and convenience at the heart of the design.

Issued by ADRIAN MAHONEY of The PR Store
on behalf of NHS Lothian

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Improved sex education – in bid to reduce abuse

PEOPLE with learning disabilities are to get better sex education – thanks to a new initiative in Lothian.

Public sector bosses hope the move will give disabled people clear guidance on their rights – and reduce cases of abuse.

Brian Cavanagh, chair of NHS Lothian, said: “For a long time, the sexual and relationship needs of people with learning disabilities have been ignored or not dealt with adequately . . . to the point that it left people vulnerable and at the risk of abuse.

“We’re now launching a new policy and guidelines to tackle these issues. The aim is to train and prepare staff to offer better support and sex education – allowing disabled people to enjoy the rights we’re all entitled to.”

As part of the initiative – backed by NHS Lothian and East, West, Midlothian and Edinburgh Councils – support workers are being given detailed packs containing factsheets and training notes. The packs contain a wide range of information – from information on parenthood and abortion to sexually transmitted infections and gay relationships.

Bosses say this is the first time this type of guidance has been produced to help people with learning disabilities in Scotland. They hope the Lothian example with provide a blueprint for authorities in other parts of the country.

The guidance – under the banner of “Making Choices, Keeping Safe” – has also been welcomed by people with learning disabilities.

Mr Cavanagh said workers in social work, health and education departments had often been unsure of their roles and responsibilities regarding sex education – or whether they would be supported by employers.

“This new policy and practice guidelines should clear up any confusion,” he said.

Rachel Yates, a senior health promotion specialist with NHS Lothian, said: “Many people with learning disabilities do not need help or guidance about their sex lives from support workers – but some do.

“All the public bodies involved believe that people with learning difficulties will benefit from these new guidelines. It will also help staff do their jobs more effectively – giving more consistent, and appropriate advice.”

She added that voluntary sector partners – such as FAIR (Family Advice and Information Resource) – had also been closely involved in drafting the new guidelines.

A Scottish Executive report in 2000 suggested that were around 120,000 people in Scotland with learning disabilities. However, it is estimated that only a quarter of these (30,000) were in regular contact with local authorities and health services.

ENABLE – the largest membership organisation in Scotland for people with learning disabilities and their families – welcomed the new guidelines.

Pat Christie, the chairperson of ENABLE said: “These guidelines clearly recognise the importance of sexual wellbeing and relationships in the lives of people with learning disabilities. ENABLE is delighted that NHS Lothian and its partners have produced them and we hope other health authorities will follow their lead.”

Around 1,000 copies of the new guidance pack are being distributed around the Lothians to workers supporting disabled people. The cost of the initiative – £11,000 – is being spread between the main public partners.

Issued by Adrian Mahoney of The PR Store
on behalf of NHS Lothian