Is­land hos­pi­tal cut

The Oban Times - - Front Page - SANDY NEIL sneil@oban­times.co.uk

IS­LAY Hos­pi­tal plans to re­duce its num­ber of in­pa­tient beds from 10 to six to cre­ate a new ‘one-stop shop’ day case unit.

IS­LAY Hos­pi­tal plans to re­duce its num­ber of in­pa­tient beds from 10 to six to cre­ate a new ‘one-stop shop’ day case unit.

Health of­fi­cials are con­fi­dent the six beds could meet de­mand for in­pa­tient care, since they say the hos­pi­tal has been op­er­at­ing at un­der 50 per cent bed ca­pac­ity for more than three years.

Argyll and Bute Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship said GPs sup­port the re­duc­tion, be­cause it will help lead to ‘new and in­no­va­tive ser­vices, en­sur­ing the long-term vi­a­bil­ity of Is­lay Hos­pi­tal’.

The new day care unit will aim to pro­vide ad­di­tional ser­vices lo­cally and re­duce the need for peo­ple hav­ing to travel to the main­land for treat­ment.

Alan Beres­ford, lo­cal area man­ager for Is­lay and Jura, said: ‘ We are well aware that many peo­ple do still have to travel to the main­land to ac­cess ser­vices and re­ceive treat­ment.

‘ We are, there­fore, keen to pro­vide more ser­vices lo­cally and have been work­ing with the in­no­va­tive GP team on Is­lay, com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives and hos­pi­tal staff to de­velop our lo­cal­ity plan to as­sist with this process. We have been re­view­ing our cur­rent ser­vices to es­tab­lish where we can build on these and, where clin­i­cally ap­pro­pri­ate, de­velop new ones.

‘One of the key el­e­ments in the plan is to cre­ate a new day case unit within the hos­pi­tal so that we can pro­vide a one-stop shop style of ser­vice for the com­mu­nity. We have been suc­cess­ful in se­cur­ing in­te­grated care fund­ing to as­sist with this de­vel­op­ment.

‘This type of day case unit will be a great as­set for the lo­cal com­mu­nity and will al­low us to pro­vide a wider range of ser­vices lo­cally re­duc­ing the num­ber of un­nec­es­sary trips which pa­tients have to make to main­land hos­pi­tals.

‘The de­vel­op­ment of a new day case unit will mean we will need to make al­ter­ations to the lay­out of the hos­pi­tal and in­vest in an up-to- date clin­i­cal space to pro­vide these ser­vices.

‘In or­der to achieve this there will be a re­duc­tion in the num­ber of in­pa­tient beds in the hos­pi­tal from 10 to six.

‘We have been op­er­at­ing at un­der 50 per cent bed ca­pac­ity for more than three years, so with six beds we are con­fi­dent that we will con­tinue to be able to meet de­mand for in­pa­tient care.

‘I do hope that the de­vel­op­ment of new ser­vices lo­cally will al­lay any con­cerns that mem­bers of the pub­lic may have about the re­duc­tion in beds and I would like to re­as­sure the lo­cal com­mu­nity that this pro­posal will al­low us to de­liver a wider range of ser­vices for the peo­ple of Is­lay and Jura with­out com­pro­mis­ing our abil­ity to pro­vide in­pa­tient care for those who need it.’

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