NHS Highland, UK, has announced the opening of the new £8m Migdale Hospital in Sutherland.
The new 22-bed hospital in Bonar Bridge, which replaced the old one, offers an assessment unit for older people with mental health needs and GP-led beds, with a range of in-patient services such as palliative care, general medicine and rehabilitation services.
Lorraine Coe, NHS Highland community hospital development manager, said the building has been purpose built to create a therapeutic environment for patients, by taking advantage of available light and overlooking views.
"During the design phase advice was sought from Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University and [we] visited other hospitals providing dementia care to try and build on existing good practice," Coe added.
The new facility, which accommodates two inpatient units, will continue to provide physiotherapy and occupational therapy services for both inpatients and outpatients.
With around 70% of its energy requirements come from a biomass boiler, the new building is claimed by NHS Highland to be energy efficient having an energy performance certificate rating of B+.
UK Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said that it is important for Scottish people to have the right facilities, in the right place.
"Investment in health is a top priority for the Scottish Government and we have committed to spending [more than] £2bn on improving NHS infrastructure over four years," Matheson added.