Wednesday, November 13, 2019
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12 in-patient beds will be restored to Portree Hospital.

NHS Highland have agreed to restore the beds and provide 24/7 Urgent Care at the hospital by May 2019.

Save Portree Hospital stated: "There is still much to be done to ensure there are adequate health services in [Skye & Lochalsh]. Please continue to support us."

NHS Highland’ Head of Community Services, North and West Division, Tracy Ligema, told a meeting of work stream representatives on Tuesday that she was willing to go ahead and re-open the beds while being aware that recruitment, which has been a problem in the past, could still be an issue. She asked for community support in ensuring that the recruitment process had the best chance of success.

After the meeting, Ms Ligema said: “It is clear that ensuring that an appropriate number of beds are retained at Portree Hospital, until the new proposals in the overall redesign are in place, is of paramount importance to the community.

“I am happy to say that we have listened. Recruitment is still an issue from our perspective and we look forward to working with the community to try to resolve that.”

Fay Thomson, who has been leading this workstream on behalf of the community said:“I am delighted that NHS Highland have agreed to open all twelve beds at Portree Hospital. This is a major step forward in the implementation of the Ritchie recommendations and a very welcome development in terms of adequate provision of beds in North Skye.”

It is also hoped that the recommendations on urgent and emergency care are all implemented by early May next year.

Sir Lewis Ritchie is due to return to Skye on 3 and 4 December to review progress on his recommendations.

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