NHS Highland

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Council areas Highland, Argyll and Bute
Size 32,500 square kilometres (12,500 sq mi)
Population 300,000
Formed 2004
Headquarters Inverness
Staff 10,500
Hospitals List of hospitals in Scotland
Website NHS Highland website
NHS Scotland

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.[1] It directly employs over 10,500 people and there are also around 1,000 primary care staff in the region.[2]


On April 1, 2006, NHS Highland took over responsibility for part of the former NHS Argyll and Clyde region (corresponding approximately to the Argyll and Bute council area), the other part of which was transferred to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

In April 2012, NHS Highland became the lead agency responsible for Adult Social Care services in the area covered by the Highland Council.[3]

Operational Units[edit]

NHS Highland is composed of one specialist services unit and four Community Health Partnerships:

Training Initiatives[edit]

In 2011 NHS Highland announced it would be running a week-long "boot camp" for junior surgeons at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.[4]


NHS Highland is responsible for a number of different types of hospital.

There is a large district general hospital:

There are 3 rural general hospitals:

There are also a number of community hospitals:

There is a psychiatric hospital:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About NHS Highland". NHS Highland. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "NHS Highland Medical Director". BMJ Careers. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "About Adult Social Care". NHS Highland. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "NHS Highland runs 'boot camp' for consultants". BBC News. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 

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