The project, carried out by Main Contractors Dawn Construction and overseen by quantity surveyors Currie and Brown Management of Glasgow, sees the former outpatients department in Kilwinning Road fully refurbished and a new extension constructed, with the new facilities now open and providing a range of services for patients.
The development was carried out for Ayrshire and Arran Primary Care NHS Trust.
The first area of the former outpatients department now has a reception office, three consulting rooms and six interview rooms.
The second part of the outpatient department has also been refurbished, and now incorporates accommodation for anticoagulant clinics, paediatric clinics, joint rheumatology, podiatry, nail surgery, dietetics, nurse specialist for epilepsy, speech therapy, phlebotomy, an endocrine clinic and a new vasectomy clinic.
Services which have moved from the existing building to the new extension include: dermatology, including a new nurse-led biopsy clinic; care of the elderly; stroke clinic; travel medicine; urology; urology nurse specialist service; continence nurses; general medicine; chest medicine; gastroenterology; infectious diseases; renal; rheumatology; and a rheumatology nurse specialist.
The service is provided to across the healthcare field, including all operating theatres, wards/departments and outpatient clinics, Ayrshire Maternity Unit, community midwifery and family planning and Well woman services.
The new Gallery dining room and kitchen has also been completed and offers meals and snacks for patients, visitors and staff at Ayrshire Central Hospital. The dining room seating has been increased from 100 in the old dining room to 150 in the new facility.
There is also an outside patio area which has 30 seats.
All kitchen waste is now collected and reused – either for compost or for energy – making Ayrshire Central Hospital and Girvan Community Hospital the only two hospitals in Scotland making best use of kitchen waste for green energy.
Jim Crichton, Director of Primary Care and Mental Health Services, said: “While our work for planning the new health facility at Ayrshire Central Hospital continues we are still committed to improving the Ayrshire Central Hospital site.
“Along with new buildings we have completed a massive refurbishment programme of some of the existing buildings – bringing them right up-to-date. Our staff and patients now enjoy more pleasant surroundings.”
Dawn Construction Ltd is the Dawn Group’s founding company, and over the last 34 years has grown to become one of the country’s leading construction specialists, with a turnover approaching £90M. The company has an extremely successful track record of delivering projects, which demonstrates their experience, capability and reliability. This, coupled with their approach to business underpins their growth and the volume of repeat business they enjoy.
Dawn Construction have a wealth of experience across the entire spectrum of market sectors, including retail, commercial, industrial, residential, leisure, health and education. From supermarkets to PFI schemes, retail parks to hotels, hi-tech offices to leisure centres, they have firmly established themselves as a market leader with projects ranging in size from £3M to £30M.
The company operates state of the art Atlas Copco D9 and L6 drilling rigs each capable of drilling between 9000 and 13000 cu metres of rock per week, enabling R J McLeod to complete the road access to each turbine on time and within budget.
The company is owned and managed by two directors who have over 30 years experience between then in rock drilling, water well drilling and the related use of explosives.