NHS Grampian has stressed that patients in an Aberdeen hospital will not be overly disrupted during a £1.6million project.
The health authority is spending the money at Royal Cornhill Hospital after being served an order by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
A programme of works is expected to be done in eight wards to replace beds as well as door handles, locks, lamps, light switches and mirrors as well as other fittings.
Yesterday, health board member Dennis Robertson asked for an assurance that disruption would be kept to a minimum in the hospital.
Director of finance Alan Gray replied: “The works that are going to be done will not be reducing our capacity.
“There is a ward at the hospital that was decommissioned which we are going to be making use of.
“There will be a bit of disruption but there will be no loss of service as a result of what we are doing.”
Last year the NHS completed a similar £1.6million project on the hospital’s empty Huntly ward to allow future works to be done with HSE now considering it an example for the rest of the country to follow.
Meanwhile, a £2.45million project at the unit’s Fraser ward to reduce the impact of noise on patients is expected to be completed in October.