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Broadford Hospital on Skye was officially opened last week by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Humza Yousaf.
The hospital, which is one of two new NHS Highland community hospitals in a £40 million project, opened to patients in March.
After the opening Mr Yousaf said that he was committed to delivering a healthcare system that was fit for purpose and put the needs of patients at its heart.
‘This new hospital in Broadford offers a much more inviting environment for not just the patients who will use it, but the health care professionals and staff who work tirelessly for the people of Skye.
‘It is the second community hospital I have had the privilege of opening in NHS Highland in as many weeks, and it has been a pleasure to see first-hand the benefit they are already bringing to the people of the Highlands.’
Professor Boyd Robertson, NHS Highland chairman, said that it was a historic day for the communities in Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross and that the hospital marked a new era of health care on Skye, Raasay and the neighbouring mainland.
‘We are delighted to welcome the cabinet secretary back to Highland for the second time in a fortnight to open another of our splendid new community hospitals,’ he said.
‘Similar to the new facility in Badenoch and Strathspey, Broadford Hospital/Ospadal an Àth Leathainn will play a key role at the heart of the local communities for many years to come.’
Pam Dudek, NHS Highland’s chief executive, said: ‘I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this exciting process which will future-proof the delivery of services across such a diverse, remote and rural area.
‘The investment in two community hospitals in Badenoch and Strathspey and Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross underlines our commitment to delivering services as close to home as possible.’
Paul McGirk, executive chairman of hub North Scotland, which is NHS Highland’s development partner, commended the partnership approach by all those involved and thanked the Broadford community for their valuable support in helping meet the challenges of continuing works during the pandemic.