NHS Highland

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NHS Highland
Made foundation 2004 (2004)
Headquarters Inverness
Region served
Area size 32,500 square kilometres (12,500 sq mi)
Population 320,000
Type NHS board
Hospitals List
Website www.nhshighland.scot.nhs.uk


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 320,000 people.[1] It directly employs over 10,500 people and there are also around 1,000 primary care staff in the region.[2]

Operational Units[edit]

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

History[edit]

On 1 October 2001 NHS Highland health board was established. NHS Highland's first board members were announced 10 days later[3]

Reorganisations[edit]

On 1 April 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.[4]

In December 2014, Broadford was chosen as the site for a new hospital, after a consultation process.[5] Some campaigners had hoped that the central hub of services could have been based at Portree Hospital, however the Scottish Health Council has pronounced the process followed by the board as legitimate.[6]

Training Initiatives[edit]

In 2011 NHS Highland announced it would be running a week-long "boot camp" for junior surgeons at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.[7]

Hospitals[edit]

NHS Highland is responsible for a number of different types of hospital- a large district general hospital, 3 rural general hospitals, a psychiatric hospital and a number of community hospitals

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About NHS Highland". NHS Highland. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "NHS Highland Medical Director". BMJ Careers. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Highland NHS Board" (Press release). Scottish Government. 11 October 2001. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "About Adult Social Care". NHS Highland. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Broadford on Skye chosen for new hospital". BBC News. 2 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Protest opposes Skye and Lochalsh hospital plans". BBC News. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "NHS Highland runs 'boot camp' for consultants". BBC News. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 

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