A THREE-storey extension is to be created at Dalmuir’s Golden Jubilee Hospital after councillors approved the plans.

The new “Surgical Centre” aims to provide a range of elective and scheduled orthopaedic care and surgery services and will have its own entrance.

It will have a footprint of around 2,830 square metres, with a gross floor area of 8,000 square metres over three floors.

According to published plans, level one will include medical physics and sterilising departments, level two will contain surgical admission and endoscopy facilities, while level three will house theatres and operating facilities.

Staff facilities, patient admission and discharge space, offices and clinical support facilities will be included.

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The centre will be next to the main entrance to the hospital – currently a grass area – and will be 15 metres tall.

The plans were approved via teleconference on May 13 despite some objections from members of the public and councillors.

Objectors were concerned about parking, though parking arrangements did not form part of the application; plans for this will come forward at a later stage.

There were also questions over privacy and noise as well as overshadowing.

An engineer plant will be located on the roof of the building and a single-storey building next to the northern side of the extension will house electrics.

Neighbouring residents were concerned about the noise implications from the power generators and plant equipment, but it was confirmed that opaque glass will be used and the extension will only used in emergencies.