THE opening of a £30 million multi-storey tower block at the main hospital for the Highlands marked a major milestone in its history.
New accommodation in the eight-storey block, which remains the most prominent part of Raigmore Hospital, was described as modern and spacious as the mass exodus began from the old premises.
Each room had no more than six beds and each ward had its own day room. It also boasted a suite of nine operating theatres, renal unit, intensive therapy and coronary care unit, new accident and emergency department plus new catering and dining facilities.
The first patients to be transferred were 50 orthopaedic patients who were moved out of the old wartime wards. They were greeted by a group of Girl Guides who handed out bowls of spring bulbs and cut flowers.