spectra 96

2 Editorial Welcome to the latest edition of spectra! The Full Business Cases for the Children’s Theatre Suite and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) projects were approved by Tayside NHS Board on 25 July and the Scottish Government’s Capital Investment Group gave approval on 13 August. So it’s all systems go from now on! NICU recently moved to Ward 31 and the transfer went very smoothly with staff, babies and families settled in their new temporary home. Enabling work is underway in the NICU (Ward 40) and is on schedule to be completed at the start of October 2019. The main building works on Ward 40 will start week beginning Monday, 7 October and these are due to be completed by 30 July 2020. The NICU project will see extensive refurbishment work carried out to improve the layout of the existing unit and create a bright, modern welcoming area in which safe and effective specialist care will be provided to babies. The new Children’s Theatre Suite will provide a twin operating theatre consisting of two paediatric theatres with associated pre and post operative areas. This will include a bedded ward area. The site for this new facility will be in the refurbished area previously occupied by the University’s Maternal and Child Health Sciences (MACHS) on level 5 at Ninewells, adjacent to the children’s medical ward (Ward 29). Essential enabling works are underway and the contractor is carrying out a three-month period of preparatory works to allow the main works to start week beginning Monday, 7 October. The new facility is due to be completed by November 2020. Over the last two years the design team has been working closely with a local architect company, as well as the ARCHIE Foundation which is donating £2million to the project. Exciting designs are being developed with input from families and the medical and nursing staff. Check out these examples of just what the ward could look like! spectra | Issue 96 Children’s Theatre Suite and NICU Projects get the go ahead