Healthcare is a significant topic of interest with residents of the North Highlands, with NHS Highland working to redesign our healthcare offerings making sure that we’re caring for all in our community, from the tiny tots to the elderly and most vulnerable people. Significant work has already been done to ensure the correct way forward for NHS Highland and the residents in the highlands. You can learn about the redesign proposal here.
While the redesign work is ongoing, our hardworking NHS Highland staff are caring for our community. Below you’ll see details of healthcare facilities in the area.
Caithness and North Sutherland is covered by a network of GP doctors based in the main towns of Wick and Thurso and in the outlying villages and communities.
Further information on General Practices in Caithness and North Sutherland can be found on the NHS Highland website
There are three NHS hospitals in Caithness. The main hospital, Caithness General Hospital, serves Caithness and North Sutherland. Located in Wick, it provides a broad range of services including accident and emergency; general surgery; general medicine; Macmillan nursing and palliative care; obstetrics and gynaecology services and theatre. The hospital also has a renal unit. A range of associated services and clinics are also provided.
The Dunbar Hospital, located in Thurso, is a nurse-led minor injuries / minor ailments unit. A range of other services is provided at this location which includes specialist out-patient clinics, x-rays and minor operations.
Wick Town and County Hospital provides an assessment unit for patients with cognitive and memory problems; palliative care and care for the frail elderly and young disabled.
Further information on hospitals in Caithness and North Sutherland can be found at the NHS Highland website
The main towns of Thurso and Wick offer Opticians services. In Thurso town centre you’ll find GA Henderson, an independent, family run optician who has been in business over 30 years.
In Wick there are two options, Specsavers who offer optician and audiology services and Duncan and Todd both of which are in the town centre.
There is comprehensive access to both private and NHS dental services in Caithness and North Sutherland. Dentist services are located in the main towns of Wick and Thurso.
Further information on dentists in Caithness and North Sutherland can be found at the NHS Highland website
There are a number of pharmacies in the North Highlands which boast helpful and friendly staff including pharmacists who can help you with minor health concerns.
The pharmacies in the main towns are open 6 days a week and offer somewhere to get professional medical advice ahead of making an appointment with the doctor.
NHS Near Me started as a pilot project right here in Caithness! The service provides outpatient consultations either at a patient’s home or at a local NHS Highland clinic and has been rolled out across the health board area over the last year.
The service reduces travel time for patients while still allowing them to receive the care they require from the comfort of their own home or from a local clinic. Initiatives like this make our area feel a lot closer to city amenities and make a considerable difference to local residents’ quality of life.
Learn more about the service on the NHS Highland website.