Skye councillor calls for public involvement in new hospital consultation

Portree councillor John Gordon has urged people in the north of Skye to take part in the forthcoming consultation into plans for a single hospital to serve Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross.

Mr Gordon said it would be “unacceptable” if the accident and emergency department was closed in Portree as part of NHS Highland plans to build a new hospital in Broadford.

He added: “The general feeling locally seems to be that there were no surprises NHS Highland chose Broadford as the site for the new hospital. We welcome a new hospital and need to ensure that it provides the services we desperately need.

“NHS Highland talk of the hub and spoke model and it is of vital importance for the people of Portree and the north of the island that if the ‘spoke’ is in Portree we are provided with services that meet the needs of our population and rural north Skye. There is a need for an accident and emergency centre to cover the north where you can turn up 24/7 and be seen.”

Next month, NHS Highland’s board will consider the preferred option identified last week by the steering group. If accepted, the plan will then go out for three months of public consultation.