Specialist eye and orthopaedic centre to be built in Scotland

Balfour Beatty commissioned to develop new hospital for NHS Highland

An artist's impression of the new facility, which is due to open next year

A new specialist ophthalmology and orthopaedic health facility is to be built in Inverness.

Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £32m contract by NHS Highland to develop the 8,305sq m unit which will house 24 inpatient rooms, five operating theatres, clinics, and outpatient departments.

In addition, the company will build minor operation and procedure rooms, consulting rooms, a café, a children’s play area, and office support rooms.

The new facility will provide elective orthopaedic surgery and full ophthalmology services to surrounding communities, helping to reduce the waiting times for patients across the Highlands.

Early works on the project started last summer, with completion expected in 2022.

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