Health board hint that single Skye hospital may be pursued

NHS Highland have revealed that a “clear front runner” has emerged for the future shape of medical services in Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross.

A paper is due to go to the next meeting of the health board, on 4th February, which seeks to take the redesign of servies in the area a step forward.

A spokesman said: “Following extensive community engagement exercises, local representatives have agreed that significant service changes are necessary and, after detailed option appraisal events, a clear front-runner for the future shape of services has emerged.

“This could mean that the existing hospitals in Broadford and Portree are replaced with a new facility in one part of the district supported by a smaller unit in another part. However, at this stage, there is no recommendation on the location of these facilities. That will form part of the next steps when a trawl of potential sites and a feasibility study will be undertaken to inform the business case process.

“In recognition that this potentially represents major service change, a recommendation will be put to the board that a formal, three-month public consultation should now take place.”

Pictured is the Mackinnon Memorial Hospital in Broadford