The motivation behind Austin-Smith:Lord’s design and NHS Highland’s brief is to create a pleasant, friendly and welcoming ‘non-institutional’ building for the local community. The new hospital forms part of NHS Highland’s programme of service improvement and change - “Changing for the Better” - which aims to provide safe, quality care for patients as close to their homes as possible. It also promotes independence by encouraging and supporting people to take more responsibility for their own health.
The new building will provide 22 inpatient bed spaces, dining spaces and a range of day and outpatient consultation and therapy facilities. The architects have taken full advantage of the site location on a steep slope overlooking the Kyle of Sutherland by strategically placing bedrooms to maximise the stunning views. Service and support facilities have been placed at lower level with the two main wards situated on the upper level. An open dining/sitting area will encourage social interaction between patients, staff and visitors and, along with good use of natural lighting and ventilation, contribute to a positive healing atmosphere.
Construction work is due to commence in January 2010 with completion in March 2011.