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Question reference: S6W-15484

  • 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 whether it has provided, or is in discussion regarding the provision of, additional funding for any redesign of The Baird Family Hospital and The ANCHOR Centre.


There have been no material changes to the design of either the Baird Family Hospital or the ANCHOR Centre agreed to date. An important part of any large capital project however, is the ongoing testing and refinement of the design, in particular the mechanical and electrical aspects. This process, informed by a range of internal and external experts and subject to independent review led by NHS Scotland Assure, is intended to provide assurance of compliance with the most up to date standards and also that learning from recent large projects is incorporated appropriately.

The Scottish Government liaise closely on an ongoing basis with NHS Grampian to ensure that any emerging pressures on the project are managed appropriately and this includes the outcomes and recommended action arising from the design review processes. The report on the recent NHS Scotland Assure Review of the ANCHOR Centre Construction stage is expected shortly and any associated action will be reported to the next NHS Grampian Board meeting 6 April 2023.