NHS board urged to seek government funding for Raigmore improvements
Hospital's nine operating theatres fail to meet modern healthcare standards says report.
The board of NHS Highland is being urged to seek government funding to upgrade Raigmore Hospital's operating theatres for the next 25 years.
A report going before the board later this week says the building's nine theatres currently fail to meet modern healthcare standards.
Minister for public health Michael Matheson saw some of the latest advances in modern medicine when he visited the facility last year but some of the operating theatres in the north's largest hospital are so high-tech.
This week NHS Highland board members will be told that the building's nine theatres, which are 25 years old, are failing to meet modern healthcare or fire regulation standards and will be urged to apply to the Scottish Government for funding to upgrade them.
Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant believes action is needed urgently.
A paper to the board says a lack of refurbishment means the facilities have fallen behind in terms of infection control due to layout and furnishings.
The board also hopes to improve critical patient care facilities within wards in the building's tower block area as part of the upgrade, which would cost £25m.
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