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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-31712
Asked by: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 10 September 2020

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what the current costs are for the NHS Louisa Jordan, also broken down by (a) set up, (b) estimated running and (c) decommissioning costs.

Current status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 10 September 2020


Answer

The NHS Louisa Jordan was established to help ensure NHS Scotland had extra capacity to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and stood ready to do so since 20 April 2020. The set up costs are £31 million. The breakdown of the costings is available on the Scottish Government website at https://www.gov.scot/publications/nhs-louisa-jordan-costs/ .

The total infrastructure costs including set up and decommissioning are within the overall estimated costs of £38m. The lease for the NHS Louisa Jordan at the SEC has been extended until the end of April 2021 and expected running costs to then are £29 million. It should be noted that negotiations with the SEC are ongoing in relation to potential loss of income, which are not included in the figures at this stage. Costs for individual Nightingale hospitals in NHS England have not been published, but based on the total costs of the NHS England programme (£220 million), we are confident that NHS Louisa Jordan represents value for money and compares favourably to other hospitals of this type.

We will continue to monitor monthly running costs with regards to the NHS Louisa Jordan’s role in the remobilisation of NHS services, following the successful pilot at the NHS Louisa Jordan which has seen over 400 patients receive orthopaedic and plastic surgery outpatient consultations since the start of July and such costs will continue to monitored by the Governance Board chaired by the Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland.