Friday, September 20, 2019
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A waiting room in Raigmore Hospital is temporarily closed after a localised flooding.

The Emergency Department waiting room will be temporarily closed while the hospital's Estates Department and a contractor work to rectify the problem.

Anyone attending the Emergency Department during this time is asked to follow the signage from the main door which is redirecting to a temporary waiting room. Ambulance staff entry to the unit has also been moved to the other side.

Jane Buckley, divisional general manager for the medical division at Raigmore Hospital, said: “The heavy rainfall overnight has had an impact on the waiting area in our Emergency Department. We have put in temporary measures to ensure the department remains fully operational. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.”

Highlands and Islands MSP, Edward Mountain said: "Severe rainfall is having a huge impact on vital public services across the Highlands.

"It is alarming to learn that flooding issues have caused Raigmore's A&E waiting room to close temporarily, especially after the flooding problems of 2017 which affected Raigmore's IT system.

"I would like to commend the hard work of all those helping to rectify the problem and I hope this will be resolved swiftly to keep damages and disruption to a minimum."

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