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Question reference: S6W-15482

  • Asked by: Alexander Burnett, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: 2 March 2023
  • Current status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 16 March 2023


To ask the Scottish Government what reviews have been undertaken to ensure that the quality of drinking water at The Baird Family Hospital and The ANCHOR Centre is in line with Scottish Water's legal responsibility to maintain a wholesome water supply.


Information relating to the design of the water systems for both The Baird Family Hospital and The ANCHOR Centre was submitted to Scottish Water in December 2022 and notification was received on 28th February 2023, confirming that the application complied with the guidelines in the current edition of Water for Scotland. The design of the water systems is in line with the principles of relevant guidance, including Scottish Health Technical Memorandum (SHTM) 04-01 Water Safety for Healthcare Premises (Part A relates to design, installation and testing). The design also meets requirements set out in the Scottish Water Byelaws; Water Supply Regulations; HSE Approved Code of Practice (L8) and relevant British Standards.

The design of the water system was also subject to an interim design review by NHS Scotland Assure and a series of observations were made by the review team which were addressed by the design team as part of the close out process for the interim review.

Furthermore, no new health facility in Scotland can open until NHS Scotland Assure have indicated that they are satisfied with the facility; this includes checking the safety of drinking water. The Baird Family Hospital and The ANCHOR Centre will be subject to this extensive process of review, prior to it opening to patients.