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New Raigmore Hospital accommodation opens for patients

By Gavin Musgrove

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New patient accommodation has opened at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

Loch Court is the second such facility to be offered for the use of patients by NHS Highland.

Along with Kyle Court, Loch Court provides patients with a less clinical environment while undergoing treatment or investigation at the hospital.

NHS Highland's accommodation team with Pat Dobbie (second left), Linda Burgin (fourth right) and Iain Stewart (centre).
NHS Highland's accommodation team with Pat Dobbie (second left), Linda Burgin (fourth right) and Iain Stewart (centre).

The facility is aimed at patients who do not need to remain in a hospital ward but who live too far away to travel.

Each patient lodge has two upper floors, comprising three flats consisting of one twin and one single bedroom (both en-suite), two single bedrooms with shared toilet/shower, communal lounge, dining room, kitchen and coin operated laundry machines.

Loch Court provides two additional self contained, self catering family flats on the ground floor.

The accommodation will be of great benefit to patients who require the support of family around them during their treatment time at the hospital.

One of the bedrooms at Loch Court.
One of the bedrooms at Loch Court.

Iain Stewart, NHS Highland chief executive, joined Raigmore Patients’ Council members Linda Burgin and Pat Dobbie on 20 August as they officially opened the new facility.

Mr Stewart said: “This is a fantastic facility that has been specifically designed with our patients and their families in mind.

"We know from patient feedback that they like having this facility on site close to the hospital.

"With the opening of Loch Court, we now have facilities that will make it easier for those who need hospital treatment but also have family commitments.

“I’ve toured both Kyle and Loch Court and am so impressed with the patient accommodation that we have on site and from the feedback I receive, I know that our patients are too.

"I am delighted that I was able to mark the official opening.”

Linda Burgin, patients’ council member, said: “Patients from across Highland and other health boards have used the patient accommodation at Raigmore.

"It’s great to see that facility expanded with the addition of Loch Court.

"It can cater for so many people and we were honoured to be asked to officially open it.”

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