Portree event to discuss health services

A packed public meeting in Portree in March 2015



NHS Highland is to host a drop-in event at the end of this month to provide an opportunity for people to discuss the future of health and social care services in Skye.

The event will be attended by senior clinicians and managers and a number of partner agencies including Alzheimer Scotland, the local transport and access panel, and Skye and Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations, supporting self-management group LGOWIT and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Information will be available for people to take away and staff will be on hand to discuss any queries, concerns or ideas.  It forms part of the ongoing programme of meetings and events to discuss the redesign of health and social care across Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross.

NHS Highland recently distributed a leaflet to every home in the area ‘A guide to local services’.  This request came from members of the public and NHS Highland is keen to receive feedback on the leaflet.

Welcoming the open event local MSP David Thompson said:  “I think this is a great idea and I hope people will find time to drop-in.  It is really important that local people understand the plans for the future of health and social care services, and what any of the changes will mean in practice.  I will be along myself and look forward to discussing the future shape of services with others.”

Ian Blackford MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber commented: “I fully welcome the meeting. I would urge as many people to get along as possible. This will give people in the area the opportunity to voice any concerns on how the changes to the health and social provision on Skye is going to affect them. I hope to be part of an open, honest and frank discussion on how we want health and social service to be operated on Skye in the future”.

NHS Highland has secured significant funding in principle to support the major service redesign for the communities of Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross.  It will include a new hospital in Broadford as part of a wider redesign of services.

The event will be held on Friday 29th January in Portree Community Centre and will run from 10am to 3.30pm.