Deanestor completes second Highlands community hospital project

DUNFERMLINE-based Deanestor has provided details of its second hospital fit-out project in the Scottish Highlands.

The new Broadford Community Hospital on the Isle of Skye forms part of a £40 million development by NHS Highland. This investment included the Badenoch & Strathspey Community Hospital in Aviemore, which opened last year and was also fitted out by Deanestor.

Delivered by hub North Scotland and designed by Oberlanders Architects with Rural Design, the new 24-bed hospital on Skye provides a range of services. There are consultation and treatment rooms, an emergency department, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, chemotherapy, x-ray and ultrasound, and a midwife-led maternity facility. A renal dialysis unit – a new service for Skye established last year – ensures patients can access treatment closer to home.

Deanestor revealed it provided both loose and bespoke fitted furniture for 142 rooms throughout the hospital. This included storage units, medicine cabinets, height-adjustable changing benches, bedroom wardrobes, foldaway beds in some inpatient rooms, nurse stations, and a main reception desk with a walnut wood-effect finish and contrasting glacier white solid surface countertops.

Bespoke joinery was manufactured and installed for a new six-bay suite for chemotherapy and renal patients to help create a more welcoming environment. This suite has large picture windows with sea views. The white low-level counters are designed to house medical gases and vacuum outlets, and incorporate lighting, worktops, oak privacy screens, and coat and bag storage.

Tracy Ligema, project director at NHS Highland, said, “This is a significant milestone in the history of Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross. There has been a considerable amount of work involved in this process and we want to thank everyone who has contributed.

“The new hospital will serve the community for many years to come and highlights the health board’s commitment to developing remote and rural health and social care services.”

Peter Ramsay, project director for hub North Scotland, added, “Broadford Hospital is a fantastic health facility which will bring huge benefits for the communities of Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross. We faced major challenges progressing construction during the Covid pandemic but the support of all the partners and the local community ensured we have delivered a hospital that everyone can be proud of.”

A laminate finish was used for the storage solutions in two shades of blue to reflect the sky and the sea in the surrounding landscape. Darker blue was specified for the inpatient bedrooms and utility areas, with calming aqua for the treatment areas.

As part of the infection control strategy, Deanestor explained that infill panels were designed to fully integrate the wall cupboards up to the ceiling. This is an alternative to sloping cabinet tops to avoid dust gathering on top of the units in the clinical areas.

Deanestor also fitted out the pharmacy with tall cabinets, worktops, dispensing cabinets with integrated trays and metal drugs cabinets. A range of specialist equipment was also installed across the hospital such as physiotherapy bars, white boards, dispensers, sanitisers, and appliances.