Badenoch & Strathspey Community Hospital opens its doors
NHS Highland’s new Badenoch & Strathspey Community Hospital in Aviemore have opened its doors. Set to reshape health and social care services across the region the new community hospital, which has replaced St Vincent’s Hospital in Kingussie and Ian Charles Hospital in Grantown, comprises 24-ensuite in-patient bedrooms, 12-consulting treatment rooms and a minor injuries unit along with dental and x-ray facilities.
Along with a welcoming reception area with a spacious waiting area for visitors, the hospital is also housing a Scottish Ambulance service base, a GP practice, as well as facilities for community health and social care teams.
Providing a boost for building user’s wellness, visitors, patients and staff can enjoy the on-site therapy garden. A new bus service is providing sustainable public transport for patients, visitors and members of staff. The hospital waiting room will also double as a bus shelter, allowing those waiting for the service to do so without braving the unpredictable Scottish weather.
Our Structures team in Scotland worked closely with hub North Scotland, NHS Highland and the wider project team to deliver civil and structural engineering design services having previously been involved in the due-diligence on the acquisition of the Aviemore site.
In a recent statement, local councillor for Badenoch & Strathspey, Bill Lobban, said: “The hospital is exactly what the community wanted. It’s really well designed and I think it’s just fantastic. This is a win-win for us. We get a fabulous new hospital and also get the standards of care we’ve always had at both St Vincent’s and lan Charles.”
Alun Rae, Director for Waterman Structures, commented: “It is great to see this project now complete. It has been an exciting and challenging project. Well done to all involved.”