Raigmore Hospital

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Raigmore Hospital
NHS Highland
Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, Scotland.jpg
The tower at Raigmore Hospital
Raigmore Hospital is located in Inverness area
Raigmore Hospital
Shown in Inverness
LocationInverness, Highland, Scotland
Coordinates57°28′25″N 4°11′35″W / 57.4736°N 4.1930°W / 57.4736; -4.1930Coordinates: 57°28′25″N 4°11′35″W / 57.4736°N 4.1930°W / 57.4736; -4.1930
Care systemNHS Scotland
FundingScottish Government
Hospital typeAcute General
Affiliated universityUniversity of Aberdeen
University of Stirling
Emergency departmentYes
Founded1941 (original site)
1970 (current development)

Raigmore Hospital (Scottish Gaelic: Ospadal an Rathaig Mhòir) is a health facility located in Inverness, Scotland. It serves patients from the local area as well providing specialist services to patients from across the Highland area. It is a teaching hospital, educating a range of healthcare professionals in association with the Universities of Aberdeen and Stirling. It is managed by NHS Highland.


The hospital has its origins in a temporary facility which was built by James Campbell & Sons on part of the Raigmore House estate, as one of the seven new Emergency Hospital Service facilities, in 1941.[1] The single storey wartime wards continued to be used for a further three decades, until the construction of the present buildings. A maternity facility was added in 1947 and the hospital joined the National Health Service in 1948.[1]

In 1962 an announcement was made that a modern district general hospital would be provided at Raigmore.[2] The new facilities were designed by J. Gleave & Partners and the first phase, which included radiology and radiotherapy, laboratory, out-patient services and medical departments, opened in 1970.[3] A second phase, which included the main tower block with operating theatres, opened in 1985.[4]

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),[5] Hilton Hospital (closed 1987)[5] 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).[6]

In 2004 a new emergency department was constructed.[7] In the General Medical Council's 2014 National Trainee Survey the department was rated highly by trainee doctors who had worked there.[8]

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.[9]

As part of a national replacement programme, the first of two new radiotherapy machines arrived in 2009.[10]

An appeal had been launched in March 2011 to refurbish the Children’s ward, but the £1m target was quickly reached so a decision was taken to exend the target and create a new unit.[11] In June 2016 a new children's ward was opened with a 30-bed inpatient area.[12]

In March 2016, £28m was put towards a three-year programme to upgrade the hospital's critical care areas and operating theatres.[13]


There are 452 beds in the hospital, mostly in the 8-storey tower building.[3] The hospital has 9 operating theatres.[14] In October 2014 the board agreed a £26m plan to refurbish the existing operating theatres and add a 10th.[15]

Specialist units[edit]

The hospital has a 30-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.[3]

Baby-friendly hospital[edit]

Raigmore Hospital has approximately 2077 births per year and has full accreditation as baby friendly, since November 2005.[16]

Admissions Lounge[edit]

In 2010 an Admissions Lounge was added, located on first floor of the tower. This is a pre-operative waiting area to accommodate patients coming in on the day of their planned surgery.[17]

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.[18]

Citizens advice[edit]

The hospital has had its own onsite citizen’s advice office since 2003.[19][20]

Associated charitable organisations[edit]

Maggie's Centre[edit]

A Maggie's Centre, Maggie's Highlands, (registered charity number: SC 024414) can also be found beside Raigmore Hospital. The building, which won the RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture in 2006,[21] was designed by Scottish architectural firm Page\Park Architects and its gardens were designed by landscape architect and designer Charles Jencks.[22] It was opened officially by the Scottish Health Minister, Andy Kerr, and Carol McGregor on 7 June 2005.[23]

Inverness Hospital Radio[edit]

The hospital is served by the volunteer run radio station, Inverness Hospital Radio, (registered charity number SC 007993) 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[24] and received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2012.[25]

Friends of Raigmore[edit]

The Friends of Raigmore (registered charity number SC 017742) are a group of volunteers who aim to improve hospital facilities for patients and staff.[26]


  1. ^ a b "Raigmore Hospital". Historic Hospitals. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  2. ^ "£70m. Hospitals Scheme for Scotland. Start of New Stage in Modernisation". Glasgow Herald. 24 January 1962. p. 10. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Raigmore Hospital". NHS Highland. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Raigmore Hospital celebrates milestone in 1985 with opening of £30m tower block". Inverness Courier. 2 November 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Data dictionary". NHS Scotland. Archived from the original on 27 July 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Examples of practice". NHS Scotland. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Recent projects: health". McGregor Construction (Highlands) Ltd. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  8. ^ McKenzie, Jamie (20 August 2014). "Raigmore's emergency department "best to work in"". The Press and Journal. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Official opening of Wyvis Suite" (Press release). NHS Highland. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Highland hospital get new radiotherapy machine". STV News. STV. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  11. ^ Sweeney, Val (25 March 2016). "Today is a REALLY good Friday". Inverness Courier. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  12. ^ Sweeney, Val (11 June 2016). "New state-of-the art children's unit open for business". Inverness Courier. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Upgrade of critical care at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness". BBC News. 22 March 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  14. ^ "NHS board urged to seek government funding for Raigmore improvements". STV News. STV. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  15. ^ Kerr, David (8 October 2014). "Extra operating theatre approved in revamp of Raigmore". The Press and Journal. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  16. ^ "Baby Friendly accreditation: Raigmore Hospital". Baby Friendly Initiative. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  17. ^ paterson, h (17 August 2010). "Raigmore to recruit additional surgeon following overtime ban". Inverness Courier. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  18. ^ Lowne, Rosemary (1 June 2011). "Planned new day centre at Raigmore hospital delayed". Inverness Courier. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  19. ^ "The role of the Citizens Advice Bureau in supporting health care". Nursing Times. 100 (36): 26. 7 September 2004.
  20. ^ "Find a CAB: Inverness Badenoch & Strathspey CAB - Raigmore Hospital Extension". Citizens Advice Scotland. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  21. ^ "Care centre awarded design prize". BBC News. 17 November 2006.
  22. ^ "Maggie's Highlands: Architecture and Design". Maggie's Centres. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  23. ^ "Maggie's Highlands". Structurae. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  24. ^ "Inverness Hospital Radio History". Inverness Hospital Radio. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  25. ^ "The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2012" (PDF). London Gazette. 1 June 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  26. ^ "The friends". Friends of Raigmore. Retrieved 4 January 2015.

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