Turf-cutting marks start of work for Broadford community hospital

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An official turf-cutting ceremony took place last week to mark the start of construction on the new £20million community hospital at Broadford.

On Friday, stakeholders gathered at the site, located between the Dr Mackinnon Memorial Hospital and the Broadford Health Centre, to mark the beginning of work on the 24-bed hospital ‘hub’ on Skye.

The new facility is expected to be completed in 2021 and is part of a redesign of health and social care services on Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross (SLSWR) that will include alterations or refurbishment to the Portree Hospital building’ the Broadford and Kyle Health Centres, and the strengthening of palliative and end-of-life care in the area.

NHS Highland’s Interim Chair, Professor Boyd Robertson, said: ‘The new hospital will be a pivotal part of our programme of modernisation and transformation of the delivery of healthcare in the area which has already seen substantial progress towards implementation of the Sir Lewis Ritchie recommendations for north Skye, Raasay and Glenelg.

‘We look forward eagerly to providing the high-quality sustainable services that the community deserves. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the significant contribution that local communities across SLSWR have made in helping to develop the wider health and social care redesign for the region over the past few years.’

Professor Robertson was joined at the turf-cutting ceremony with the board’s chief operating officer David Park, and Michael Padzinski, chief executive of hub North Scotland Ltd, the driving force behind the project.

The constituency MSP for Skye and Lochalsh Kate Forbes was also in attendance. She said: ‘This is a very important day for Skye and Lochalsh as work finally starts on a new hospital. It has been a difficult process but I think everybody is agreed that we need a new hospital.

‘I was delighted to meet Mary Macpherson (104 years old) and baby Hugo (four weeks old), who reminded me how important local healthcare provision is for all generations.’