Progress on better island healthcare
AN INTEGRATED health and social care hub is set to be created at Broadford, with a ‘ bespoke’ facility in Portree, as part of a healthcare overhaul.
Plans to redesign services in Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross took a step forward this month when the Scottish Capital Investment Group approved the ‘initial agreement’ which had been submitted by the health board.
NHS Highland has now been invited to submit an ‘outline business case’, the next step in the process. The redesign of services in the area has been described as one of the most significant that NHS Highland has undertaken in recent time, and Gill McVicar, director of operations for North and West Highland, explained: ‘This is a significant point in the formal process and brings us one step closer to having a state- of-theart facility for the people of Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross.
‘The new arrangements will also enable us to further develop community services, including care-at-home and mental health services, with integrated teams working flexibly to support people at home or in a homely environment for as long as possible, and to reduce the amount of time people have to be in hospital.
‘The outline business case will give a more detailed description of the agreed service specification, accommodation requirements and technical aspects of the design.
‘We will continue to work with and involve local people, staff and other providers as this progresses.’
Ms McVicar added: We are delighted to be at this stage and I am extremely grateful to members of the steering group, project team and project board for immense contributions and commitment to improving services in Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross, in some cases, for many years. We have a lot of work still to do and the team is focused on keeping the programme on schedule.’