Facilities & Services
NHS Highland handle all healthcare in the region with Raigmore Hospital in Inverness the main District General Hospital. Raigmore provides acute medical, surgical, maternity, gynaecological and support services as well as laboratory, pharmacy, artificial limbs and appliances and sterile services. It receives tertiary referrals in renal medicine and other specialities, offers a breast screening service and acts as host to visiting services such as plastic surgery, neurosurgery and paediatric cardiology. Raigmore Hospital is one of Scotland’s five recognised cancer centres, with radiotherapy, chemotherapy and MRI and CT scanning facilities.
Two regional hospitals serve Caithness and the north of the region, and Fort William and the west:
Caithness General Hospital (Wick)
Belford Hospital (Fort William)
Dental health is also well catered for in Highland, with private and NHS dentists practicing throughout the area. Treatment is also available from students who are on placement from universities in Glasgow and Dundee at the Inverness Dental Centre. A list of dental practices in the region is available here.
Digital Healthcare uses modern technology to meet the needs of people living across the region. A number of innovative healthcare solutions are under development to provide at home or local support to older and other people living in rural and remote parts of the region to enable them to better manage their own healthcare needs. These span innovative delivery models such as consultations via web link, medical monitoring devices and mobile applications.
A cluster of Life Science activity is building up in Highland, and healthcare organisations can take advantage of support agencies and the skills of the local workforce and agencies.
Education & Research
A strong research and educational environment has developed in Highland, with clinical trials, epidemiological studies, investigative procedures and specialist consultancy taking place in cutting edge facilities such as the Centre for Health Science. Major investment has been made in these facilities and institutions, with University of the Highlands and Islands, Aberdeen University, Robert Gordon University, Glasgow School of Art, and the University of Dundee all having students in the region being educated in skills such as dentistry and rural health. These fast moving areas receive significant funding and resources which enable continued progress towards building sustainable health and care services, in collaboration with local communities.