New Craigs PsychiatricHospital
The acute wards are sectorised and inpatient teams link closely with the Community Mental Health Teams in each Community Health Partnership or "CHP".
A Psychiatry of Old Age facility was established in 1993 and is now located adjacent to the New Craigs site. The Glenview Unit offers Psychiatry of Old Age assessment, rehabilitation and NHS Continuing Care provision with a primary emphasis on dementia. A Memory Clinic has been developed and piloted at Aonach Mor Community Ward promoting early intervention and assessment.
Community Infrastructure is being developed for psychiatric, addiction and Learning Disability services enabling many people to receive support and care in their home locality and in non-institutional settings.
Services for children and adolescents with Learning Disabilities are provided in a community setting managed by the Social Services Department of Highland Council with NHS input. NHS Highland collaborated in the establishment of The Orchard in Inverness, a residential and respite unit and provides trained nurses for the facility.
Addiction services have been restructured and, in addition to locality based provision, there is a purpose-built centre, Osprey House, near Raigmore Hospital. There are four CPNs for Addictions in Inverness, along with one nurse who acts as the dual diagnosis worker Highland-wide. There is also a nurse who works Highland-wide, but mainly in Inverness, for the Drug Treatment and Testing Order scheme, this being a joint Health/Social Work initiative.
Day Hospital Services
To complement other community services a multi-disciplinary Acute Day Hospital, The Braeside Centre, provides a range of therapies for patients from Inverness. The Unit has been shown to cope with complex cases which would otherwise be admitted to hospital. The Travelling Day Hospital provides a similar service out with the Inverness area.
In addition, patients from throughout the Highlands can access services such as individual counselling, group therapy and anxiety management in Inverness.
Mental Health Assessment Team
This team of psychiatric nurses and Staff Grade Psychiatrist assesses unplanned referrals from across Highland. Approximately 50% of these referrals come from Inverness. The team has a remit for assessment, making decisions about the appropriateness of admission, and if admission is required, the Team can provide up to 72 hours of intensive inpatient assessment, liaising with the sector teams and community teams as appropriate regarding further care.
- New Craigs (Adult Mental Health) in-patients facilities on the outskirts of Inverness.
- New Craigs (Learning Disabilities) in-patient residential style facilities adjacent to the above units.
- Adult Psychiatry 20 bed community based unit in Inverness
- Braeside Acute Day Hospital located at New Craigs
- Glenview Unit (Psychiatry of Old Age) next to the New Craigs facilities.
- Osprey House is a new building which is a base for Substance Misuse services and is located close by Raigmore DGH, Inverness.
- County Hospital, Invergordon, includes Psychiatry of Old Age beds.
- St Vincents, Kingussie, has Psychiatry of Old Age beds.
- Migdale Hospital, Bonar Bridge, has Psychiatry of Old Age beds.
Reducing the risk of infections
Staff will display/provide information and advice about infections control
precautions such as how to care for personal laundry, hand hygiene, symptoms
and what to do if you have an infection. Please ask staff for advice
Alcohol hand hygiene gel for patient and visitor use is located near wash
basins and at the entrance to all wards and departments
Visitors with colds or recently in contact with infectious diseases please
Always ask ward staff before visiting any patient in a single room
Health Protection Scotland produces patient information fact sheets which
you can access before admission at