The first phase of the refurbishment of Raigmore Hospital has been completed, with staff and patients set to start moving into new wards in the coming weeks.
Areas for acute medical assessment, medical high dependency, surgical high dependency and intensive care have been handed over to NHS Highland by the project’s contractors Graham Construction.
The transfer of staff, patients and equipment to the new sections of the hospital will begin later this month, and the turnaround is expected to be completed in July.
Kevin Minnock, NHS Highland’s project director for capital projects, said: "This phase of the project represents a key milestone in the overall delivery of the £28 million critical services upgrade at Raigmore.
"The new department of critical care offers a first-class modern environment for staff to deliver high quality critical care services for the patients of North of Scotland.
"I would like to offer thanks to our contractor Graham, their supply chain members and the NHS Highland project delivery team for their dedication and effort in delivering this complex and challenging project.
"The unit should be fully operational in early July 2018."
Phase two of the revamp is already under way, with the hospital’s operating theatres next to be modernised as part of the project to bring the building, which was constructed in the 1980s, into the 21st century.
Graham Construction’s contracts director Pat O’Hare said: "We have worked closely in partnership with our colleagues at NHS Highland to successfully deliver this state-of-the-art facility.
"Graham Construction has significant experience in delivering modern healthcare facilities throughout Scotland, and we look forward to the successful completion of phase two of this important project."