Health board to give update on new hospital for Barra

A public meeting will be held in Barra tonight (Thursday) to update the community on progress with plans for a new St Brendan’s Hospital, which is expected to cost anything up to £8 million.

The project has been in the pipeline for a number of years, but is expected to proceed in the coming weeks after the preparation of a formal business case.

It is proposed that the new facility will offer both health and social services for the people of Barra and Vatersay, with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar providing an investment of £2 million.

Members of the community in Barra are being encouraged to attend tonight’s meeting to give their views on the proposal to date. Senior staff from both NHS Western Isles and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be in attendance.

Gordon Jamieson, chief executive of NHS Western Isles, said: “We are now at a crucial stage of the project and we look forward to engaging again with members of the local community, so that everyone is kept fully informed about the project and the progress that is being made.

“At our next meeting we will be sharing the key points in the outline business case, which contains detailed information about what the new facilities could look like in the future. As always, there will also be the opportunity for people to ask questions.”