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First sod to be cut for £15m Badenoch and Strathspey Community Hospital

By Gavin Musgrove

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NHS Highland is holding a turf-cutting ceremony tomorrow to mark the start of construction of the new £15m Badenoch and Strathspey Community Hospital.

The ceremony at the site of the new hospital in Dalfaber, Aviemore, will take place midday and will mark the first steps in the construction of the 24-bed hospital ‘hub’ at the Aviemore Technology Park.

A visual impression of the new hospital to be built at Dalfaber in Aviemore.
A visual impression of the new hospital to be built at Dalfaber in Aviemore.

At the same time the event will also pay tribute to the services provided at Ian Charles Hospital in Grantown and St Vincent’s Hospital in Kingussie.

The long serving community hospitals are due to close as part of the redesign once the new hospital opens.

The new facility will be completed in 2021 and will feature a community hospital and health centre.

It will also bring together inpatient services with Aviemore Medical Practice, the Scottish Ambulance Service and community health and care teams.

This forms part of a wider redesign of community services including strengthening of palliative and end-of-life care in the strath.

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