Progress on bet­ter is­land health­care

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

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.’

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