Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

Birthing unit at ERI still long overdue

A LONG-awaited new birthing unit at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary has been delayed by the latest row between health chiefs and private contractors, it emerged today.

Calls for NHS to renegotiate controversial ERI contract

HEALTH bosses in Lothian today faced calls to renegotiate the controversial PFI contract for Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after the Evening News revealed it will cost a total of £1.26 billion but still leave the hospital in private ownership.

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ERI private finance: 'Is this the worst deal of the century?'

THE use of private finance to build major public buildings like schools and hospitals has been controversial from the start.

Exclusive: We'll pay £1.2bn for PFI hospital but NEVER own it

HEALTH chiefs were today facing demands for an inquiry after it emerged the NHS will have to pay a total of £1.26 billion for the privately built Edinburgh Royal Infirmary - and still not own it.

Groundswell of anger over parking charge plan at ERI

PLANS to charge visitors to use a new car park at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary are to be raised with the Scottish Government, after coming under fire from union members and MSPs.

Anger as free parking is ruled out at new ERI

PATIENTS and visitors will have to pay to use a massive new car park beside the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary – despite the Scottish Government abolishing hospital parking charges.

Inspectors sweep back into Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for a surprise check-up

INSPECTORS have carried out a surprise inspection at the city's biggest hospital, just weeks after a similar visit was derided after details were leaked in advance.

Sturgeon orders probe into hospital check leak

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after it emerged hospital staff knew in advance which wards at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary would be targeted during what is supposed to be a random hygiene inspection.

Hospital undergoes clean-up operation as inspectors visit

IT'S said that the Queen believes the whole country smells of fresh paint, because workmen toil round-the-clock ahead of every visit she makes.

Waiting times at the Capital's main A&E longest in 10 years

WAITING times at the Capital's main A&E department are the longest in a decade, new figures have shown.

ERI turns away mums-to-be because maternity unit is full

AN AVERAGE of seven heavily pregnant women are being turned away from Edinburgh's main maternity unit every month because there is no space.

NHS warned scrapping of ERI parking fees 'will be disaster'

REMOVING parking charges from the ERI would be a disaster for the health board and patients, NHS Lothian has warned.

ERI builder's refusal to pass on tax cut rakes in extra £30k

THE private firm that built the ERI pocketed almost £30,000 by not passing on VAT cuts to those parking at the hospital.

Report praises medics at ERI

MEDICS at the ERI have been praised by a report into a man who died of anthrax poisoning.

Planners back 'care village' on green belt land near ERI

THE creation of a 170-home "care village" is set to get the go-ahead on the site of a ruined stately home next to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, despite objections from local residents and Midlothian Council.

Health chiefs call for ERI tram

HEALTH chiefs today reiterated the need to build a tram line to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

ERI considers new hygiene card scheme

The Edinburgh Royal Infirmary is considering introducing a "welcome card" scheme containing hygiene advice for all new patients in a bid to combat superbugs.

New ward to ease pressure of needless admissions on A&E

A NEW observation ward is to be created at the Royal Infirmary to prevent people needlessly being admitted to the main hospital.

Demands to improve ERI's 'death trap' cycle routes

A CONSULTANT at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary today branded cycle routes to the hospital a "death trap".

Hospital crisis: 'We need slack in system for busy NHS days'

IT may seem incredible that Scotland's busiest accident and emergency hospital ran out of beds this week and was on the verge of cancelling non-emergency surgery.

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