Falkirk hospital’s operation facelift

The site will be transformed
The site will be transformed
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The ‘eyesore’ at Falkirk Community Hospital is be completely transformed by spring.

Tom Steele, director of strategic projects and property with NHS Forth Valley, assured concerned residents at a public meeting that landscaping the area where Falkirk Royal Infirmary once stood was a priority.

A member of the public raised the question of what would be done with the ‘eyesore’ remaining at the site at the NHS Forth Valley annual review and was particularly concerned with the state of the gable end.

Tom Steele said capital would be spent from the 2012/13 budget on tidying up the appearance of the demolition site.

Mr Steele said: “There is lots of work ongoing at the site.

“Much has been done from a safety point of view but we are now working on the appearance of the area.

“The entire area will be top soiled and the building facing Westburn Avenue, which I know is of particular concern to local residents will be re-rendered. The contract to landscape the area is currently out the tender.”

He admitted that NHS Forth Valley would be restricted financially but said that capital budget had been ear-marked for the site.

“We are working with Falkirk Council to make the area one the community can benefit from, with lots of activities planned.

“If we could fast forward to spring, the site should look very different.”

Thanks to a donation from the WRVS, the hospital will also soon boast a sensory garden adjacent to the day hospital with highly scented plants and flowers in bright colours to stimulate people with dementia.

The charity raised £175,000 though their cafes at the Larbert and Stirling hospitals and set aside £80,000 to create sensory gardens at both sites.