Caithness General Hospital

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Caithness General Hospital
NHS Highland
Location Caithness, Highland, Scotland
Care system NHS Scotland
Funding Scottish Government
Hospital type Rural General
Emergency department Yes
Beds 74
Founded 1986
Website NHS Highland: Caithness General Hospital

Caithness General Hospital is a rural general hospital operated by NHS Highland, located in Wick, Caithness, Scotland. The hospital is the most northerly of the hospitals in Highland. It has 74 inpatient beds and its services include: 24-hour Accident & Emergency department, assessment and rehabilitation, palliative care, obstetrics, renal, general surgery and general medicine.[1]

Emergency surgical services[edit]

In December 2014 the health board announced that emergency surgical services would not be available at night or weekends from 15 December 2014, due to a lack of suitable consultant cover.[2] A meeting between the health board and community leaders to discuss staff shortages was then scheduled for 6 January 2015.[3]

Maternity services[edit]

There is a consultant-led maternity unit, but stringent application of clinical risk assessment criteria has meant that in 2012 and 2013 around 30% of pregnant women in the Caithness area did need to travel to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness to give birth.[4]

There are currently an estimated 136 births a year at the hospital and it has full accreditation as baby friendly, since November 2009.[5][6]


became operational in 1986 to replace the previous Caithness Central Hospital.[7] A new Day Case Unit was opened by Sam Galbraith in 1999.[8] A CT scanner service was introduced in August 2008.[7]

Hospital radio[edit]

Radio Remedy is a volunteer run radio station based at the hospital.[9]


  1. ^ "Wick's Caithness General 'meeting most' hygiene rules". BBC News (BBC). 6 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Caithness General to stop overnight and weekend surgery". BBC News (BBC). 8 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Talks to be held over Caithness General consultant shortages". BBC News (BBC). 23 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Caithness women travelling 100 miles to give birth". The Scotsman. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Baby Friendly accreditation: Caithness General Hospital". Baby Friendly Initiative. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Caithness maternity unit receives international recognition". NHS Highland. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "The Duke of Rothesay visits Caithness General Hospital" (Press release). NHS Highland. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Galbraith visits Caithness General Hospital" (Press release). Scottish Government. 17 March 1999. Archived from the original on 5 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Radio Remedy". Radio Remedy. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 

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Coordinates: 58°26′29″N 3°5′39″W / 58.44139°N 3.09417°W / 58.44139; -3.09417