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Construction begins on Raigmore Hospital overspill car parks; NHS Highland looking to tackle Inverness hospital's notorious car parking problems

By Philip Murray

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WORK to create two overspill car parks at Raigmore Hospital is now under way as NHS chiefs try to fix the Inverness site's notorious parking woes.

The work, which is being carried out by Kier Regional Building, Scotland and will also include the installation of barrier controls, will create an extra 200 spaces on the hospital site and is expected to be completed in November of this year.

It is hoped the project, which received a £620,000 grant from the NHS Highland Endowment Board, will help alleviate the car park problem on the site.

David Park, chief officer for NHS Highland, said: “We have known for some time that the car park at Raigmore Hospital does not have the capacity to fully deal with the peak traffic that comes onto the site each day and are very sympathetic to the frustration that gives to our patients, visitors and staff.

“I’m delighted to see, thanks to approval from the endowments trustees for the funding, that work has started on the overspill car parks at Raigmore Hospital which will overall improve the experience of our patients and visitors.”

Sean O'Callaghan, Area Operations Director at Kier Regional Building Scotland commented: "NHS Highland provides a vital service for the community. We are delighted to support that by improving the car parking at Raigmore Hospital. We appreciate that a hospital visit can be stressful for patients and visitors, so we are very pleased to play a small part in improving the patient and visitor experience."

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