A new twin operating theatre for Tayside Children’s Hospital could be open by 2020, health chiefs have revealed.
The Tele reported on Thursday that a planning application for the new facility had been lodged with the council.
Now, the new theatre has had its outline business case approved by the Scottish Government, and a full business case is being worked on, to allow construction to start next summer.
The building work – if given permission by councillors – will take about a year.
The cost of the project is estimated to be £6.5 million, with the Archie Foundation contributing £2m towards the total cost thanks to various fundraising initiatives.
Jeane Freeman, cabinet secretary for health and sport (pictured), said: “I am pleased that the Scottish Government has been able to approve the outline business case for this new dedicated children’s theatre suite.
“I look forward to receiving the full business case next year.”
NHS Tayside chairman John Brown added: “We are extremely pleased that we are now one step closer to starting work on the new children’s theatre suite. This dedicated facility will mean that many more children will now be cared for in a child-friendly environment which has been designed by putting them at the heart of their care.
“From the earliest stage in the development of this new facility the Archie Foundation charity has committed to supporting this project.
“The charity aims to contribute additional design elements to the new facility which will further enhance our young patients’ and their families’ experience of Tayside Children’s Hospital.”
The suite will consist of two paediatric theatres with pre and post-operative areas, including a 10-bed ward.