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The redesign of health and social care in Skye and Lochalsh took a step forward last week with the submission of a planning application to build a new £15 million community hospital in Broadford.
The planning permission for the hospital is part of wider redesign of services that will include alterations and refurbishments to the Portree Hospital building, as well as the Broadford and Kyle health centres.
This redesign will bring together community health and care teams allowing them to better support the delivery of integrated care within the Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross (SLSWR) communities.
As well as in-patient accommodation, the facility in Broadford will include an emergency department, X-ray and ultrasound services, out-patient clinics, an infusion suite and a midwife-led community maternity unit.
The site for the new hospital is located between the current Dr Mackinnon Memorial Hospital and Broadford Health Centre. An archaeological and ecological assessment of the site has been completed to identify any potential problems at an early stage. Initial results have been positive with no findings likely to affect construction.
NHS Highland’s project director for the redesign, Gill McVicar, said: ‘This is another exciting step forward. The submission of the planning application signals that we are at an advanced stage in the design of the new facility and we hope to have a positive conclusion to the application process.’
The wider redesign across the SLSWR region will see the new, modern integrated health and social care ‘hub’ in Broadford and re-design of the Portree Hospital building.
The new community hospital in Broadford is being designed and built by hub North Scotland Ltd, an initiative set up by the Scottish Futures Trust. Balfour Beatty is the main contractor working alongside architectural firms Oberlanders based in Edinburgh and Portree-based Rural Design – and engineering firms Waterman Group and Rybka.
The full business case – which is combined with a redesign of services and a newbuild hospital in Badenoch and Strathspey – is to be presented to the Scottish Government in early 2019. Construction of both new hospitals, estimated to cost £30 million in total, will commence once this is approved.