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An information session will be held in Portree as part of a review of progress on the Ritchie Report.

Sir Lewis Ritchie will attend the evening session, which will take place in the Tigh-na-Sgire council chamber from 5:30pm to 7pm on Tuesday 4 December.

It will follow a day of meetings between Sir Lewis and local councillors, senior NHS Highland management, the board’s partner organisations, health care groups and representatives.

Catriona MacDonald, chair of both the external view steering group and group, SOS Skye, said: “The evening information session will begin informally with people able to speak with members of the panel and the different external view workstream groups such as Urgent Care, Community beds, Transport and Accessibility etc.

“At around 6pm a panel made up of Sir Lewis Ritchie, Hugo van Woerden, NHS Highland’s director of public health, David Park, chief officer of the Highland Health and Social Care Partnership and Councillor Ronald MacDonald will be held.”

She said each member of the panel will make a short summary and assessment of the day’s proceedings. These summaries will outline what has been achieved so far and views on the way forward.

There will then be an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions of the panel as well as members of the workstream groups.

The panel is expected to last around 45 minutes and more time will be available at the end of the meeting to ask further questions informally.

Staff of the NHS Near Me Video Conferencing Service will be present at the session. With the board wanting to trial the service’s app for use in people’s homes on Skye, it is looking to recruit focus group participants.

A project website is available to give wide public access to documents and information. To find out more go to

People interested in attending the session on Tuesday should note that seating in the council chamber is limited and will be granted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

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