Hopes are high that Portree Hospital will be fully operational soon.
Next week the Scottish Government’s Health Secretary will visit the Isle of Skye at the invitation of constituency MSP Kate Forbes.
On Monday 27 May, Jeane Freeman MSP is expected to meet with healthcare campaigners, as well as patients and staff at Portree Hospital, Broadford Hospital and Lochalsh Healthcare Centre.
The visit to Portree Hospital is particularly significant, following Sir Lewis Ritchie’s review on healthcare provision, which categorically stated that the hospital in Skye’s biggest population centre must remain open.
Kate Forbes said: “As part of my efforts to support hardworking local campaigners, last year I invited the Health Secretary to come to Skye to meet with them and I am delighted that she is due to visit next week.
“Since her appointment, I’ve had a number of encouraging conversations with Jeane Freeman about ensuring excellent healthcare is delivered locally in Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh.
“I know that she will be keen to see progress on Ritchie Report and hear directly from people about their experiences.
“I love welcoming Scottish Government ministers to my constituency and this latest visits follows hot on the heels of other ministerial visits to Skye.”
It is hoped that Portree's 24/7 Urgent Care unit will be operating from Monday 3 June.
This will development will be followed by all 12 beds being opened later in June.
Six new ambulance staff will also be based at the Hospital.
Healthcare on Raasay will also take a step forward, as staff are currently being recruited to provide 24/7 nurse cover on the island.
An appraisal of how community beds and other health care services are provided will be carried out in September. Community members are encouraged to have their say.
The Save Portree Hospital team will be holding a group meeting tonight (Wednesday 22 May) at the Aros Centre at 6pm.