Scotland’s largest-ever hospital project has been approved by the Scottish Government.
The £842M South Glasgow Hospitals project will see an integrated children’s and adult hospital built on the site of the current Southern General.
The construction of the new hospital is expected to be completed in January 2015, with the facilities due to be operational by the summer.
The full business case was given final approval by the Government.
Public health minister Shona Robison said: “The new South Glasgow Hospitals is Scotland’s biggest-ever hospital building project and will be entirely publicly-funded.
“It’s great news for people throughout the West of Scotland that this important project has been given the final go-ahead.
“Providing services for all ages on a single site will ensure patients can access the widest possible range of specialist services and will also bring with it increased efficiency, shorter waiting times and better continuity of care.
“This will be the largest single investment in Scottish health services and will transform healthcare for patients and staff.
“In the current economic climate, this significant investment is a clear signal that the Scottish Government is continuing to prioritise spending on our NHS to improve patient care.”
With 1,109 beds, the adult hospital will sit alongside a 256-bed children’s hospital, providing maternity, paediatric and acute services on a single site.
A new laboratory will also be built, providing biochemistry, haematology, blood transfusion and mortuary services.