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Nightingale Associates wins £120 million hospital contract

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Nightingale Associates is to design Scotland’s first hospital to consist entirely of single bed wards

The Dumfries Royal Infirmary Hospital will include a 200-bed ward block and 23 modern ambulatory care and outpatient facilities, as well as improved intensive care, emergency care and support accommodation.

Nightingale Associates has worked in collaboration with Tribal’s market-leading health planners to win the first contract tendered in Scotland under the NHS procurement initiative, Frameworks Scotland.

Kieren Morgan, health development director at Nightingale Associates, said:

'This is a significant step forward for both Nightingale Associates – being our first project in Scotland – and for wider healthcare initiatives in Scotland.

'100 per cent single bedroom hospitals are a new and much discussed concept; therefore it is vital that we build on our extensive research completed for the Designed for Life 'pathfinder' projects, both of which include 100 per cent single room wards. The pathfinders will be the first purpose-built 100 per cent single-room ward hospitals to be completed in the UK.'

The design process for the Dumfries Royal Infirmary Hospital is expected to be complete in March 2010. Construction work is due to begin onsite in April 2010 with completion anticipated for April 2013.

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