NHS Highland says new Fort hospital agreement is good news for whole of Lochaber

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NHS Highland has said the proposed replacement for Fort William’s ageing Belford Hospital is good news for health and social care services across Lochaber.

Commenting after its board meeting on Tuesday November 30 – too late to make last week’s print edition of the Lochaber Times – it confirmed the board had approved an initial agreement in relation to the re-design of health and social care services in Lochaber.

One key elements of the programme is the development of a new rural general hospital in Fort William.

NHS Highland told the Lochaber Times: ‘This will allow NHS Highland to provide a wider range of health and social care services in a modern site that will be much more accessible than the current facility.

‘This is really good news for communities across Lochaber and we would like to thank the wide range of stakeholders [including service users, carers and staff] who have been involved in developing this proposal.

‘NHS Highland is now awaiting approval from the Scottish Government Capital Investment Group to develop an Outline Business Case so that we can take this project forward.

‘We will also ensure there will be ongoing engagement with the community following Health Improvement Scotland guidance and there will also be opportunities for the public to have their input into the project as it develops.’