New Aviemore & Broadford hospital plans progress

Health board signs £40m contract for two new community hospitals

Friday 5th July 2019

Plans to modernise health services in the Highlands are progressing as NHS Highland signs a £40m contract for two new community hospitals in Aviemore and Broadford.

A turf-cutting ceremony took place at the site of the new Badenoch & Strathspey community hospital in Aviemore last Friday.

The contract-signing is the latest stage in changes that will see the health board will streamline the way it works by closing ‘outdated and unsuitable’ buildings and concentrating services at the new sites.

Deborah Jones, NHS Highland’s director of strategic commissioning, planning and performance, said: “We are delighted to achieve this significant milestone which marks the start of construction of two exciting new hospitals for the communities of Badenoch & Strathspey and Skye, Lochalsh & South West Ross.

“This substantial investment in our estate will act as a springboard to enable the redesign of health and care services in these localities. I look forward to the construction work getting underway and to see the two new hospitals begin to take shape over the coming months.”

Michael Padzinski, chief executive of hub North Scotland, which will design and build the new facilities, said: “A lot of hard work has been carried out by all the stakeholders to reach this crucial stage. We are now looking forward to working together to deliver two top-class health facilities, which will bring huge benefits to these communities.”

Construction is due to start in Aviemore at the end of July and at Broadford mid-August, with completion of both hospitals scheduled by spring 2021.