Raigmore Hospital

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Raigmore Hospital
NHS Highland
Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, Scotland.jpg
Location Inverness, Highland, Scotland
Care system NHS Scotland
Funding Scottish Government
Hospital type Acute General
Affiliated university University of Aberdeen
University of Stirling
Emergency department Yes
Helipad Yes
Beds 452
Founded 1941 (original site)
1970 (current development)
Website NHS Highland: Raigmore Hospital

Raigmore Hospital (Scottish Gaelic: Ospadal an Rathaig Mhòir) in Inverness is the main hospital in the South East Highland Community Health Partnership area of NHS Highland Health Board. It serves patients from its own and adjacent Community Health Partnership 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, when a temporary hospital was built as one of the 7 new Emergency Hospital Service facilities. 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.[1]

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 with the main building now used by the University of the Highlands and Islands).


There are 452 beds in the hospital, mostly in the 8-storey tower building.[1]

Specialist units[edit]

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.[1]

Baby-friendly hospital[edit]

Raigmore Hospital has full accreditation as baby friendly, since November 2005.[2]

The Infusion Suite[edit]

In 2011 a new service began that allows patients to attend as outpatients to get medication through a drip. This meant that several patients could be getting treatment at the same time, with a team of dedicated staff providing this care.[3]

Hospital developments[edit]

Emergency Department[edit]

In 2004 a new emergency department was constructed.[4]

Wyvis Suite[edit]

The Wyvis Suite opened in 2007 following a £600 thousand refurbishment project. It provided a new home for the re-located nurse-led pre-op assessment unit and the cardiac ultrasound service. These facilities had increased service capacity and allowed more direct and rapid access.[5]

Radiotherapy machines[edit]

As part of a national replacement programme, the first of 2 new radiotherapy machines arrived in 2009.[6]

Day service unit extension[edit]

Pick Everard were selected by NHS Highland to build a new day service unit extension onto the hospital site.[7] Head consultant and architect, Keppie Design were chosen to assist in the mechanical and electrical engineering and building work side of the project. The new unit, to provide specialist renal and endoscopy departments, was expected to open to patients in 2009. In 2011 some delays to this schedule were announced.[8]

Maggie's Centre[edit]

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 in 2006, was designed by Scottish architectural firm Page\Park Architects and its gardens were designed by landscape architect and designer Charles Jencks.[9]

Inverness Hospital Radio[edit]

The hospital is served by the volunteer run radio station, Inverness Hospital Radio, which has a studio located on the ground floor of the main building. They welcome requests and dedications for patients, and broadcast 7 days a week. The station has been in service since 2 November 1970[10] and received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2012.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Raigmore Hospital". NHS Highland. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Raigmore Hospital, Inverness". Baby Friendly Initiative. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Lowne, Rosemary (1 June 2011). "Planned new day centre at Raigmore hospital delayed". Inverness Courier. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Recent projects: health". McGregor Construction (Highlands) Ltd. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Official opening of Wyvis Suite". 1 November 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Highland hospital get new radiotherapy machine". STV news. 15 January. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Day Services Unit for Raigmore Hospital". 14 January 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Planned new day centre at Raigmore hospital delayed". BBC News. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Maggie's Highlands: Architecture and Design". Maggie's Centres. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Inverness Hospital Radio History". Inverness Hospital Radio. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2012". London Gazette. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 

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Coordinates: 57°28′25″N 4°11′35″W / 57.4736°N 4.1930°W / 57.4736; -4.1930