Inverness is a city in the Scottish Highlands. It is the administrative centre for the Highland council area, and is regarded as the capital of the Highlands of Scotland...
is the main hospital in the South East Highland Community Health Partnership
area of NHS Highland
NHS Highland is one of the fourteen regions of NHS Scotland. Geographically, it is the largest Health Board, covering an area of 32,500 km² from Kintyre in the south-west to Caithness in the north-east, serving a population of 300,000 people...
Health Board. It serves patients from its own and adjacent Community Health Partnership
Community Health Partnerships, known as CHPs are subdivisions of Health Boards in Scotland.CHPs typically are co-terminous with council areas and represent a district or area within one of the 14 Scottish Health Board regions...
areas as well as those from adjacent Health Board
areas. It is also a teaching hospital in association with the Universities of Aberdeen and Stirling.
Raigmore has been a hospital site since 1941. The single storey wartime wards continued to be used for a further three decades, until the construction of the present buildings. Amongst other medical services supplied during this period, the hospital provided the main maternity unit for the Highlands.
In 1970 the first of a series of new buildings were opened, including accident and emergency, radiology and radiotherapy, laboratory, out-patient services and medical departments.
The hospital has progressively taken over the provision of some or all of the services previously performed by older hospitals in Inverness including Culduthel Hospital (closed 1989
), Hilton Hospital (closed 1987
) and the Royal Northern Infirmary (since 1999
the location of a newer Community hospital
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with the main building now used by the University of the Highlands and Islands).
The hospital has a 32-bed Paediatric unit, where in-patient care in Medical Paediatrics; Oral Surgery, ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) unit and Child and Family Psychiatry are based. Raigmore also contains a 57-bed maternity unit; specialist services such as cystic fibrosis, cardiology and rheumatology and the Birnie Child Development Centre for children with learning difficulties and special needs.
Raigmore Hospital has been granted baby friendly
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative , also known as “Baby Friendly Initiative” , is a worldwide programme of the World Health Organization and UNICEF, launched in 1991 following the adoption of the Innocenti Declaration on breastfeeding promotion in 1990...
status, since November 2005 after a pivotal report.
Wyvis Unit is a recent development and refurbishment on the Raigmore Hospital site. The £600 million refurbishment project, now provides a new home for the re-located nurse-led pre-op assessment department and cardiac ultrasound service. The result has seen a decrease in the waiting time for a routine outpatient echocardiogram.
New day service unit
Pick Everard have been selected by NHS Highland to build a new day service unit extension onto the hospital site. Head consultant and architect, Keppie Design will assist in the mechanical and electrical engineering and building work side of the project.The new unit, to provide specialist renal and endoscopy departments, will be expected to open to patients, sometime in 2009. http://www.buildingtalk.com/news/pie/pie140.html
A Maggie's Centre, Maggie's Highlands, can also be found beside Raigmore Hospital. Maggie's Highlands was opened officially on 7 June 2005 by the Scottish Health Minister, Andy Kerr, and Carol McGregor. The centre provides free support and information to anyone affected by cancer.
The building, which won the RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture
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in 2006, was designed by Scottish architectural firm Page\Park Architects
Page\Park Architects was established in 1981 by David Page and Brian Park and has developed as one of Scotland’s best known practices undertaking work over a range of sectors....
and its gardens were designed by landscape architect and designer Charles Jencks
Charles Alexander Jencks is an American architectural theorist, landscape architect and designer. His books on the history and criticism of Modernism and Postmodernism were widely read in architectural circles and beyond....