The NHS (National Health Service) Orkney, one of the fourteen regions of the NHS Scotland, has announced the shortlist for the new Orkney Hospital and Healthcare Facility NPD PPP project.
The local health authority has shortlisted three teams. The teams are the following:
The preferred bidder is scheduled to be announced by October 2015.
The new Orkney Hospital and Health Care Facility will be constructed on a site at New Scapa Road, Orkney. The objective of the project is to provide NHS Orkney with a new hospital and health care facility to service the needs of patients in the Orkney area.
The PPP project involves the design, build, finance and maintenance (DBFM) of a new hospital for a period of 25 years plus 3 years for construction.
The project has an estimated value between £180 million and £220 million. The capital cost of the construction works is estimated at £59 million (US$94 million). The project will be delivered under the Scottish Futures Trust's Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) model which is in the form of public-private partnership preferred by the Scottish Government.
athie Cowan, Chief Executive of NHS Orkney, said:
"Our staff will be working closely with the three shortlisted bidders during the period November 2014 to September 2015. We want the best possible hospital for our patients, service users and staff so this part of the process will ultimately be one of the most important. Once this stage closes we would expect to appoint the preferred bidder during October 2015 - with construction starting in Spring 2016."
Health Secretary Alex Neil said:
"The Scottish Government recognises the importance of continuing to invest in modern healthcare facilities that are designed around the needs of patients. I'm pleased to see the Balfour hospital project moving forward as the new facilities will give the people of Orkney access to services currently only available only on the mainland, as well as providing sufficient flexibility to accommodate any future changes.
This government has been clear that it is committed to ensuring people living in rural and remote areas have greater access to a wider range of NHS services, and this project is another step towards delivering this."