Proposals for the new East Lothian Community Hospital will go on show to the public at a host of events across the county in May.
A Proposal of Application Notice has been submitted to East Lothian Council and a number of community consultation events will now follow.
These events will help to gather views about the look and feel of the building, landscaping at the site along with access to the new hospital, which is proposed to be built at Roodlands in Haddington.
NHS Lothian, working with our development partner Hub South East Scotland, would then anticipate submitting a planning application for the project this summer.
Staff and service providers have been involved in workshops over the past few months to develop the designs of the new hospital.
This work has involved deciding on locations for departments within the new facility. Access to and from the site has also been carefully considered as part of this process.
David Small, Joint Director, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership said: “We are keen to hear views from service users, patients and the public about the latest proposals which will go to the council planning committee in the summer.
“So far we have listened to what people have had to say about the new development and it’s important to the success of the project that this continues as we move ahead.
“We would ask those interested in the development to come along and share their comments on the plans we have at this point. Senior members of the project team who are leading on the development will be able to answer any questions you have on the day.”
The dates and locations for the public meetings are:
Friday 15th May 2pm – 7pm Town House (Main Hall), Haddington
Saturday 16th May 10am – 2pm Town House (Main Hall), Haddington
Tuesday 19th May 6pm – 8pm Esk Rooms 1 and 2, Brunton Hall, Musselburgh
Thursday 21st May 6pm – 8pm Hope Rooms, North Berwick
The outline business case for the project is also being developed in tandem with the planning proposals and this will set out costs, location, hospital services and timescales.
The project team would anticipate submitting the outline business case for approval to the Scottish Government by summer 2015.