A planning application has been submitted for the new £15 million community hospital in Broadford.
NHS Highland stated: "The planning permission for the hospital is part of wider redesign of services that will include alterations and/or refurbishment to the Portree Hospital building, as well as the Broadford and Kyle Health Centres. "
As well as in-patient accommodation, the facility in Broadford will include an Emergency Department, X-ray and Ultrasound Services, Out-patient Clinics, an Infusion Suite and a midwife-led Community Maternity Unit.
The site for the new hospital is located between the current Dr Mackinnon Memorial Hospital and Broadford Health Centre. An archaeological and ecological assessment of the site has been completed to identify any potential problems at an early stage. Initial results have been positive with no findings likely to affect construction.
NHS Highland’s project director for the SLSWR redesign, Gill McVicar, said: “This is another exciting step forward. The submission of the planning application signals that we are at an advanced stage in the design of the new facility and we hope to have a positive conclusion to the application process.”
This proposed new hospital forms part of a wider redesign across SLSWR which will see the new, modern integrated health and social care ‘hub’ in Broadford and re-design of the Portree Hospital building.