Two builders referring to plans and talking

NHS Highland awards £32m contract to build world-class treatment centre

Work on a new, world-class ophthalmology and orthopaedic health facility in Inverness, Scotland is set to begin shortly following the awarding of a £32m contract for its construction.

With a contractor announced mid-2020, the signing off of this latest significant contract represents the next stage in progressing from the early works, which began in summer 2020 to clear and prepare the site, into construction of the new facility.

Once completed, the 8,305 sq ft National Treatment Centre will include 24 inpatient rooms, five operating theatres, clinics and outpatient departments. There will also be minor operation and procedure rooms, consulting rooms, office support rooms and an assortment of other general amenities.

NHS Highland aims for the new facility to provide elective orthopaedic surgery and full ophthalmology services to the surrounding communities, significantly reducing waiting times for patients across the Highlands.

Efforts will also be made to ensure both the construction process and completed building are sustainable, as well as an intention for those involved in the construction to collaborate with NHS Highland to provide work experience placements and employment opportunities for local college and university students.

Deborah Jones, Director of Strategic Commissioning, Planning and Performance for NHS Highland, said: “NHS Highland are delighted to be developing this critical new facility which will deliver critical elective treatment for people in the Highlands and surrounding areas.” 

Completion of the new facility is scheduled for 2022.

At peak construction, the project will employ a workforce of 300, as well as several work experience placements.

NHE May/June 21

NHE May/June 21

The needs of district and community nursing

NHE’s May/June 2021 edition focuses on all the different aspects of the NHS which help bring together an effective, efficient health service. These include optimising the NHS estate, outsourcing & procurement, introducing digital innovation and integrating health and social care.

Videos...

View all videos
BMC Whitepaper

Survey

How well do the NHS understand digital potential?

Recently we have been gathering primary data direct from those within the NHS on modernising NHS technology and the challenges faced around resource, training and service management.

Download the full whitepaper and read the full findings in our exclusive report to learn more.

Finger on the Pulse

Ep 14. Health messaging is a science, Professor Craig Jackson

On Episode 14 of NHE's Finger on the Pulse podcast, we're joined by Professor Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology
Birmingham City University to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the health messaging around it and how those in power have missed a trick by overlooking the key role of psychology in informing the public of restrictions, measures and the ever-changing situation

More articles...

View all