New patient accommodation opens in Inverness

Patients & families to benefit from self-catering accommodation at Raigmore hospital

Tuesday 27th August 2019

A new patient accommodation facility at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness has officially opened.

Aimed at patients who do not need to remain in a hospital ward but who live too far away to travel, Loch Court is the second patient accommodation facility offered by NHS Highland.

Along with Kyle Court, Loch Court gives patients somewhere more informal to stay while undergoing treatment or investigation at the hospital.

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

Iain Stewart, chief executive for NHS Highland, joined Raigmore patients’ council members Linda Burgin and Pat Dobbie on the 20th August to open the new facility.

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

“We know from patient feedback that they like having this facility on site close to the hospital and now, with the opening of Loch Court, we 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.”

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.

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.”

 

Pictured: accommodation team – Pat Dobbie (second left), Linda Burgin (fourth right) and Iain Stewart (centre).