The Scottish Government has given the go-ahead for a £28m upgrade of critical care services at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.
The work, which will be carried out by Graham Construction, will start in April this year and, while a construction programme is yet to be finalised, completion is expected at the end of 2018.

The critical care upgrade will bring all critical care services  into one area over two floors.

Operating theatres at the hospital will be refurbished and an additional theatre will be added to bring the total number of theatres to 10.

Ron Coggins, clinical director for surgical and anaesthetics division at Raigmore Hospital, said: “This investment will not only greatly improve the facilities but also provides an opportunity to co-locate wards and ensure that first-class healthcare can be delivered in modern facilities for years to come.”

The original building at Raigmore Hospital, which services the population of the Highlands as well as Moray and the Western Isles for some specialities, was constructed in 1980.

The investment comes over and above the £29m funding NHS Highland has already secured in principle from the Scottish Government for proposed new hospitals in Aviemore and Broadford on Skye, as part of a wider redesign of health and social care services.